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Did Therapy for Your Dissociative Disorder Stop Working?

Did Therapy for Your Dissociative Disorder Stop Working?

Sometimes, therapy for your dissociative disorder doesn't help or stops working. Here's what to do if therapy for your dissociative disorder isn't helping.

Dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity disorder (DID), are treatable psychological disorders, but sometimes therapy for a dissociative disorder doesn’t work (Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Treatment Challenging). There are medications that can help with symptoms and several types of therapies that can help increase functionality, process trauma, and help you cope with dissociative symptoms. So what happens when therapy for your dissociative disorder isn’t working?

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Living with DID: Why I Can’t Just Get Over It

Living with DID: Why I Can’t Just Get Over It

I am living with dissociative identity disorder and I can’t just “get over it.” Would you tell someone with diabetes to “just get over it?” Dissociative identity disorder (DID) and other mental illnesses are illnesses. They all have causes, treatments, and greatly affect the individuals that have them. Mental illness is not a choice. It cannot be switched off and on at will. No one can wake up and decide they aren’t going to be mentally ill that day. So why do some people expect those with mental illnesses like DID to just get over it?

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The Differences between Bipolar Disorder And DID

The Differences between Bipolar Disorder And DID

Mental illnesses are complex. Symptoms can be misinterpreted, resulting in a misdiagnosis. This is understandable, given that different disorders often share some similar symptoms. In cases of dissociative identity disorder (DID), there is often confusion between bipolar disorder and DID symptoms. While bipolar disorder and DID each have unique symptoms, there is some symptom overlap. It is important to recognize the differences in symptoms, as these disorders have different causes and treatments.

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Creating Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Creating Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Creating alters (alternate personalities) in dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a helpful way to deal with different personalities. I don’t know exactly how to tell someone to create an alter, but it seems that when there is a need for one, it will come to be. One such time was with my little girl alter. Her name is Colette, and she is five years old. Colette taught me about creating alters with dissociative identity disorder.

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Communicating Between Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Communicating Between Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder

In dissociative identity disorder (DID), communication between alters (alternate personalities) is the key to a person’s well-being. With DID, a person may have one or many alters, all working together to form the whole of who the person is.  I have formed a couple of ways of working with my alters to create communication within dissociative identity disorder between alters.

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Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

Alters (alternate personalities) are something people with dissociative identity disorder (DID) may have. Alters are separate identities. Some of these alters may communicate with each other and some of them may not. When I was first diagnosed with DID, my alters did not communicate with each other at all. I was only aware of the current personality state that I was in. I wasn’t aware of any other alters in my dissociative identity disorder.

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Dissociative Identity Disorder and Substance Addiction

Dissociative Identity Disorder and Substance Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction are very common. People who struggle with mental disorders may also face substance addiction in their lives. Personally, I tried using drugs to cope with my dissociative identity disorder (DID) and extreme feelings. The drugs numbed the pain and calmed my anxiety, for a while. What I didn’t realize is that drug addiction can be just as painful as mental illness and that using drugs, eventually, makes mental illness much worse.

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Using Safe Objects For Dissociation

Using Safe Objects For Dissociation

Many people have experiences with dissociation, and at its most extreme, one may be diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID). Sometimes dissociation is a pleasant alternative to dealing with the anxiety or fear that triggered it. Other times, however, dissociation itself may be very scary and cause anxiety. One tool for coping with frightening dissociation is to use a safe object.

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Losing Time With Dissociative Identity Disorder

Losing Time With Dissociative Identity Disorder

Living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) can be a perplexing reality. There are many symptoms, including depersonalization and derealization. One symptom involves “losing time” or “blacking out” for periods of time. This happens with no drugs or alcohol in the system. It is scary to realize that you’ve lost time, and sometimes the person may not realize it at all.

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Use Grounding Techniques When Dissociating

Use Grounding Techniques When Dissociating

Dissociation is a common phenomenon. Most people will experience dissociation at some point in their lives. It becomes a disorder, like in dissociative identity disorder (DID), when it is so frequent or severe that it interrupts a person’s daily life. One common technique used for dissociation is called grounding. It is a technique that helps a person regain connection with his or her physical body. This may often end the dissociation, or will at least make it more bearable.

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