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DID and DBT: Use Distress Tolerance Skills for Dissociation

DID and DBT: Use Distress Tolerance Skills for Dissociation

Though DID is not primarily treated with dialectical behavior therapy, DBT distress tolerance skills can be especially useful in decreasing symptoms. Learn how.

While dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) isn’t the primary treatment option for dissociative identity disorder (DID), there are skills within DBT, 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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Is Dissociation a Dysfunction or a Positive Coping Skill?

Is Dissociation a Dysfunction or a Positive Coping Skill?

Dissociative disorders are described as having dissociation as a dysfunction that impairs living life in some way. But is that always the case? While some view dissociation as a dysfunction, many view dissociation as a positive coping mechanism that actually helps them get through the day (What Is Dissociation? Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment). For them, dissociation is the very thing that allows them to function. So is dissociation really dysfunction?

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Does Someone You Know Have Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Does Someone You Know Have Dissociative Identity Disorder?

With more than 1% of the population having dissociative identity disorder (DID), it’s more likely than not that you know someone who has DID. He or she may be open about his or her diagnosis, or you may suspect the disorder even though he or she hasn’t admitted it. So, what should you do if you think someone you know has DID?

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Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Doesn’t Make You Violent

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Doesn’t Make You Violent

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) remains a largely misunderstood diagnosis, and one of the things people need to understand is that dissociative identity disorder doesn’t make you violent. Previously known as multiple personality disorder, or MPD, DID has been the topic of several television shows, books, and Hollywood films — including the new movie Split, set to be released later this month. These portrayals, however, are not always accurate. Characters with DID are often portrayed as violent and dangerous, but that is not the reality. Dissociative identity disorder doesn’t make you violent.

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I Think I Have Dissociative Identity Disorder – What’s Next?

I Think I Have Dissociative Identity Disorder – What’s Next?

A dissociative identity disorder (DID) diagnosis doesn’t always come as a surprise. You start out by ignoring DID signs and symptoms, until they can no longer be ignored. So you start searching online, and find out many of your symptoms fit with dissociation, and this disorder called DID. It can be overwhelming and confusing. So what should you do if you think you have dissociative identity disorder?

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Handling Holiday Stress with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Handling Holiday Stress with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Holidays can be a stressful time for anyone, but when you have dissociative identity disorder (DID), handling holiday stress can be especially overwhelming. Anniversary reactions, sensory overload, and boundary violations are common stressors for those with DID, and are most prevalent around the holidays. It may feel overwhelming, but there are ways to handle the holiday stress when you have DID.

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When Dissociative Identity Disorder System Parts Are Unknown

When Dissociative Identity Disorder System Parts Are Unknown

There can be a lot of unknowns in dissociative identity disorder (DID), including what parts make up your DID system. While some people with DID seem to know everything about their alters, there are others with who don’t even know how many parts they have. It can be frustrating when you don’t have all the answers, but it’s okay not to know everything. You can still live, and you can still heal, even when your DID system parts are unknown.

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