Traumagenic multiplicity is a form of multiplicity that was caused entirely or largely by trauma in this physical
world. It is an origin label, stemming from the combination of the word "trauma" and the prefix "-genic", meaning "produced or caused by".
Traumagenic multiplicity is not inherently dysfunctional, but it does tend to be more dysfunctional than endogenic multiplicity, both in the definition of individual systems and the medical community, due to the inherent comorbidity with PTSD/CPTSD.
Forms of Traumagenic Multiplicity Edit
The most common form of traumagenic multiplicity is Dissociative Identity Disorder, however, systems that are traumagenic may also fall under OSDD-1, another diagnosis entirely (BPD, for example), or either not qualify for any diagnosis or choose to forgo diagnostic terminology for personal reasons. In DID, sysmates are distinct and there are often amnesiac barriers between them, to varying strengths. OSDD-1 systems either have amnesiac barriers (OSDD-1a), or strong distinctions between sysmates (OSDD-1b). These are all included in the DSM-V; however, some professionals do not believe in the existence of these three disorders, leading to an average time of 7 years to become diagnosed (if an individual decides to try to get answers from the medical sphere).
Systems that identify as both traumagenic and DID/OSDD-1 are the most typically "accepted" forms of traumagenic multiplicity. DID/OSDD forms through repeated trauma (commonly betrayal trauma or disorganized attachment pattern in a caregiver) prior to the age of 9. Splits are often caused by specific traumatic events, with the new sysmates providing protection from the outside environment, usually encoded with the needed traits to protect the original. For example, a victim of emotional neglect may form a maternal sysmate to provide the love they were denied.
Traumagenic systems may also be spiritual in origin or nature, although this is more controversial among people who have DID or OSDD. An example of spiritual, traumagenic plurality would be a system where the second+ sysmate entered the system from another world to help the original cope with trauma or abuse, whether intentionally or unintentionally.