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This website is the official home page for IGDID Support Group – a place where members contribute knowledge, experiences, crafts, written work, articles, and healing techniques that have been helpful to them.  Many of the topics that have been covered on the support group are also shared here.  The purpose for the support group and accompanying website is to bring awareness and understanding of not only the struggles survivors of child abuse encounter daily, but also of the prevalence and brutality of abuse children continue to endure.

We have designed the site to best represent the categories covered.  For every section you visit, you will see a sidebar on the left with tabs, which when clicked will lead you back to the main categories.  Within each category are subcategories.  Below is a quick review of the categories and subcategories you will find within this site:

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 Our Home Page

This is the section you are currently reading.  Within this section is an introduction of the entire website, disclaimers, and any other information pertinent to this site and/or navigation around the site.

You may return to this page at any time by simply clicking the ‘Home’ tab on the sidebar.

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Support Groups 

Ivory Gardens DID Support Group

Friends with DID Support Group

Members’ Blogs and Sites

 For each of the above subcategories, you can not only become familiar with our support groups, but also other sites, support forums, and blogs that we support.  We will provide links that will help guide you to visit any which may interest you.

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 Child Abuse

Physical Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Ritual Abuse

Mind Control

Child abuse is a common phenomenon in our society today.  The history of laws, types of abuse, prevalence is all important to our understanding and awareness.  Here you will find many articles, personal experiences, videos, and other information vital to understanding what child abuse is, the prevalence of child abuse, and its affect on survivors of child abuse.  We have broken the main topic into subcategories in order to differentiate the different types of child abuse.

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DID and Related Disorders

Dissociation (including DID)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Self-Injury and Suicidal Ideation

Eating Disorders

Mood Disorders

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Child abuse is not only the contributing factor for a diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), but can also cause survivors to contend with symptoms of other disorders. Listed here are but a few of the disorders that are commonly experienced by survivors of child abuse.  These disorder are often the direct result of child abuse.  This topic has been broken down into the different categories in order to provide a more concise look at each.  Here you will find articles, videos, symptoms, and other information on each condition.

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Survivor Stories

 Here members of our support group, as well as others, speak out – tell their story.  Their bravery is evident as you read and realized that they were meant to be silenced by their abuser, but they have broken this silence.  You will be moved by the stories and come to understand, from their experience, more about child abuse and the struggle that survivors face daily.  Videos, either created by members, or outside sources will also be included.

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 Creative Expression

 IGDID Members’ Writing

Needlework and Crafts

Drawings and Paintings

Within each of these subtopics, you will find an abundance of creative work that our members have shared over the years.  The members of IGDID are extremely talented and displaying their work here is an honor.

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Healing and Recovery

Coping Skills

Therapy

Medication

Self-Care

Throughout this website, everything shared will relate to the affects of child abuse.  Survivors suffer symptoms which often cause an inability to function – many unable to meet the challenges that everyday life presents.  Survivors are brave and strong.  Many do remain functional, but the struggle can be overwhelming.  Healing and recovery is vital.  With the aid of learning coping skills, having appropriate therapy and/or support, medication, and self-care, many survivors are able to live functional and productive lives, often recovering from symptoms of the disorders that accompany past child abuse.