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Two Years After My Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Diagnosis

Two Years After My Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Diagnosis

After my dissociative identity disorder (DID) diagnosis, life continues as a series of ups and downs. Will life with DID get easier? I think so--here's why.

After my dissociative identity disorder (DID) diagnosis, I had to accept that it doesn’t go away. There’s no medication to cure it and no therapy that works 100% of the time. DID is manageable with treatment, but even then, the DID diagnosis stays with you. It has been two years since my DID diagnosis, and I am still struggling. But does DID get easier as time passes?

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Mental Health Disability for Dissociative Identity Disorder

Mental Health Disability for Dissociative Identity Disorder

Receiving mental health disability benefits for dissociative identity disorder isn't always necessary. But DID can become a disability. Here's what to do.

It’s okay to request mental health disability for dissociative identity disorder (DID). Dissociative identity disorder affects each person in different ways — including his or her ability to work. While many people with DID are able to go to school and work regularly, other people have a more difficult time. Severe mental illness can keep you from working, and DID is no different. For some, mental health disability with DID is their only option.

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Is Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in DID Treatment Okay?

Is Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in DID Treatment Okay?

Dialectical behavior therapy is used for a variety of mental health issues, including dissociative identity disorder. But is DBT the best therapy to treat DID?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can be used in dissociative identity disorder treatment. Dialectical behavior therapy is a type of therapy used in the treatment of numerous psychological disorders, including borderline personality disorder (BPD), mood disorders, and eating disorders. The skills taught in DBT — distress tolerance, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness — can also be helpful for people with dissociative identity disorder (DID). But that doesn’t mean that DBT is the best choice for treating DID. As with any type of therapy, there are pros and cons.

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Claims of Faking Dissociative Identity Disorder Aren’t Always True

Claims of Faking Dissociative Identity Disorder Aren’t Always True

Faking dissociative identity disorder isn't always what it seems. When someone says their DID is a lie, have they been faking DID? Or is it something more?

There are people who fake having mental illness for many reasons, and dissociative identity disorder (DID) is one of the many illnesses that is faked. Some people claim to have DID, then come out to friends, family, and/or support groups that they have been faking their DID. But is it really faking, or is there something else really going on?

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Is Trauma Necessary for Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)?

Is Trauma Necessary for Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)?

Dissociative identity disorder has been called a trauma disorder. But what if you don't remember a trauma? Is a DID diagnosis without a trauma memory valid?

Even though dissociative identity disorder (DID) is considered a dissociative disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-5, many people refer to it as a trauma disorder. Much like in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), people with DID often have a history of trauma and/or abuse. But is trauma always a requirement for DID?

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Risky Behaviors and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Risky Behaviors and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Risky behaviors affect many mental illnesses, but dissociative identity disorder makes it more dangerous. Learn how to cope with the lack of awareness in DID.

Risky behaviors can be a part of dissociative identity disorder. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year’s theme of risky business applies to those with dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity disorder (DID). Risky behaviors, including alcohol and drug use, risky sexual behavior, and compulsions are present in many mental illnesses, including DID. These risky behaviors can exacerbate symptoms and increase suffering. So how can we know when the risky behaviors associated with dissociative identity disorder have gone too far?

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Use Distress Tolerance Skills for Dissociation in DID

Use Distress Tolerance Skills for Dissociation in DID

Distress tolerance skills can be especially useful in decreasing symptoms of dissociative identity disorder (DID). Learn how distress tolerance skills help you.

While dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) isn’t the primary treatment option for dissociative identity disorder (DID), there are DBT skills, like distress tolerance skills, that can help people manage their dissociation symptoms. These skills come in handy in a crisis or when we feel ourselves heading towards dissociation. So how do you use the distress tolerance skills of DBT for the dissociation of DID?

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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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Signs and Symptoms of Dissociation Aren’t Always So Obvious

Signs and Symptoms of Dissociation Aren’t Always So Obvious

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) and other dissociative disorders go hand-in-hand with signs and symptoms of dissociation. You can find these signs of dissociation included in many lists, and in books like the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). But symptoms of dissociation aren’t always so black and white. The reality of dissociation goes beyond the obvious signs and symptoms of dissociation that you read about.  So what is dissociation really like?

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Reduce Stress at a Doctor’s Office when Living with DID

Reduce Stress at a Doctor’s Office when Living with DID

Managing medical issues with dissociative disorders can include reducing stress at a doctor’s office. Doctors and hospitals can be stressful and anxiety-provoking, which can increase dissociation. For some, medical issues can even be a trigger of past trauma. So what can you do to stay healthy, manage medical issues and reduce stress at a doctor’s office with a dissociative disorder?

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