I have been diagnosed with BP since 2001. From time-to-time, when speaking with my psychiatrist who has treated me from the beginning, the subjest that I also have PTSD from a traumatic childhood etc. comes up. More recently my psychiatrist and therapist and I have discovered that I have been 'losing time' as I put it and basically becoming aware after an unknown period of time, usually hours and having no idea what I've been doing and with things missing or moved around the house. I have had "imaginary friends" since childhood but they continue even though I'm in my 30's and I interact with them everyday. According to my psychiatrist another symptom of my PTSD is taking on other...shall I call them personas, who have different names. If the name of one of these "persona" comes up in my appointment, I have a very intense reaction and my doctor has had to help me calm down, which has never happened before, after which I had a splitting headache.
I've been told straight out this is not Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personalty Disorder) and I believe my doctor, but I am curious about this aspect of PTSD or Bipolar Disorder. I am a big reader and I process things easier if I can read about it. Is there anything out there I can read to help me understand this.