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Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder: DID Diagnosis and Stigma

Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder: DID Diagnosis and Stigma

Maria describes being diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and the stigma associated with it. Plus video interview w/ Maria.

Maria’s story of living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a riveting one. She chronicles living with DID both undiagnosed and diagnosed, then dealing with the stigma of DID.

Maria, our guest on the Misconceptions About Dissociative Identity Disorder video, wrote the following post for HealthyPlace.

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Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder – Sept. 1

Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder – Sept. 1

What's it like living with Dissociative Identity Disorder? Maria discusses how she copes with 58 personalities and debunks negativity surrounding DID. Watch now.

Years ago, I saw the movie Sybil, about a woman with dissociative identity disorder (DID). Sybil caught the world’s attention by shedding light on what it’s like living with multiple personalities and coping with dissociative identity disorder. Most recently, screenwriter Diablo Cody entertains TV viewers weekly with the real but exaggerated accounts of a woman struggling with dissociative identity disorder without the assistance of medications.

This Tuesday, we’ll be discussing dissociative identity disorder diagnosis and the complications of living with it day-to-day. If you are not familiar with the term dissociative identity disorder, the term multiple personality disorder or “split personality” may be more recognizable.

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Alzheimer’s Caregiver – Recap

Alzheimer’s Caregiver – Recap

The joy and stress of being an Alzheimer’s caregiver was our focus on Tuesday’s show. Our guest, Barry Green, shared his account of watching his father struggle with the brain disease.

Barry reminisced about the good times he spent with his father, but explained those good times quickly turned into difficult times with the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. A stressful part of caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is dealing with the patient’s failing memory. As Barry and his mother soon found out, arguing about material facts of his dad’s life and current events was a fight they were not going to win. With a positive mindset, Barry decided to stop arguing and dialed into his father’s current thoughts and beliefs on a day-to-day basis.

Barry has a very encouraging and unorthodox way of coping with an Alzheimer’s patient. He is now a motivational speaker who travels all over to deliver speeches on success and happiness. You can find more information about our guest at www.barrygreen.ca.

Dr. Croft joined us via webcam from a conference in Dallas to talk about the emotional turmoil caregivers may experience. He explained that if you are caring for an Alzheimer’s sufferer, chances are that you are also holding down a full-time job and maybe even raising a family of your own. That pressure, coupled with the pain of your loved one exhibiting a new persona, can be dangerous to your health. Dr. Croft provided the warning signs of caregiver stress.

You can catch Barry’s story and Dr. Croft’s advice on how to care for yourself while caring for your loved one by watching the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show ‘on demand’ on the player. We also invite you to go to visit our Alzheimer’s Disease Community to try and make sense of your emotions.

We will take a break from our show the week of August 24 but we will return on Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 CST. We will discuss Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.) and the difficulty of being in a relationship with someone who suffers form it. If you, or someone you know, is in a relationship with someone who has D.I.D. and they would like to share their story, please contact me at producer AT healthyplace.com.

Take care and see you back here next month!

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Joys and Stress of Being an Alzheimer’s Caregiver – Aug. 18

Joys and Stress of Being an Alzheimer’s Caregiver – Aug. 18

This Tuesday, we’ll talking about Alzheimer’s disease and the challenges caregivers face. Alzheimer’s not only affects the patient but many Alzheimer’s caregivers live with stress and depression.

As you may or may not know, Alzheimer’s patients often demonstrate behavior such as combativeness, trailing (following the caregiver) or they might even experience hallucinations. The most heartbreaking symptom of all would be memory loss. It is very painful when parents or other loved ones do not recognize you anymore.

Barry Green will be our guest Tuesday. He will let us in on his personal journey of being his father’s caregiver while he suffered from Alzheimer’s. His uplifting story will bring encouragement and help us understand Alzheimer’s in a positive way. Barry is now a motivational speaker and travels to deliver a keynote speech he calls The Joy of Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Croft will be available to help caregivers understand their emotions and give some advice on how to cope with feelings, good or bad, that you may be experiencing. As always, Dr. Croft is eager to answer any questions you may have on this topic or any other mental health issue.

If you have a story about being a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient, we want to know. E-mail your questions or comments to producer AT healthyplace.com. If you would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease or Alzheimer’s caregiving, you can always find trusted information here at Healthyplace.com.

Tune in Tuesday, April 18, at 5:30p PT, 7:30 CST, 8:30 ET to watch our guest share his story. You might find comfort knowing that someone else also experienced the difficult and sometimes negative aspects of Alzheimer’s caregiving and how he managed to turn things around. You can watch the show live or later, on-demand, on the HealthyPlace TV Show homepage.

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Psychology of Changing Your Sex – Recap

Psychology of Changing Your Sex – Recap

Tuesday’s show was a small step in helping others who struggle with Transsexuality.

Healthyplace.com Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft (psychiatrist, board-certified in adult psychiatry, addictions, and sex therapy), while in residency, worked in a program that evaluated individuals wishing to change their sexual orientation. During the show, he explained the emotions that a transsexual person lives with everyday.

Dr. Croft reminds us all that those who feel they are trapped in the body of the sex they cannot identify with often realize those feelings at a very young age. (Read Dr. Croft’s blog post on the “Psychological Process of Changing Sex“.)

Our guest, Maxime, a male-to-female transsexual, experienced her first transsexual feelings at around 6 years old. Growing up, she felt awkward and didn’t have much support from her mother who asked/warned her to never discuss her feelings.

Now that she is transitioned, she dedicates herself to sharing her experiences by making videos and posting them on youtube. You will have to watch our show to see how Maxime has overcome life’s obstacles and where she’s at in her life now.

Sex Reassignment

As you may know, there is a solution for transsexuals, but it is not an easy process. It includes undergoing hormone replacement therapy (also referred to as “post-op”) which helps to bring about physical changes to become more of a man or woman. Sexual reassignment surgery is the next step but can become so costly (and most likely not covered by insurance) that often times the individual doesn’t go through with it. Whatever you decide, Dr. Croft explains this is a very long process and requires a huge emotional/psychological/financial commitment.

If you missed the show on the psychological aspects of sex reassignment, you are still able to catch it by clicking the “on-demand” button on the player. We encourage you to watch and gain insight into the world of transsexuals and hope you will share it with someone who might be going through this difficult process.

To see more of our guest Maxime and her personal journey with transition, go here to watch her videos.

Upcoming Show on Alzheimer’s Caregiving

I hope you’ll join us Tuesday, August 18, as we discuss the stress of being an Alzheimer’s caregiver. If you, or someone you know, would like to be a guest or share a story, contact me at producer AT healthyplace.com.

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Psychological Aspects of Sex Reassignment – August 11

Psychological Aspects of Sex Reassignment – August 11

Have you ever heard the term “A man trapped in a woman’s body?” Unfortunately, this is a reality for people who identify themselves as Transsexuals. This Tuesday, we will discuss the psychological process of undergoing a change in sex and attempt to understand the negative connotations that surround the subject.

Our special guest, Maxime, will let us in on her difficult childhood as a male while confused about his desire to be female. With a less than supportive mother who struggled with mental health issues, Maxime kept her secret to herself and held strong to her fantasy of one day becoming the woman she felt inside. Maxime has now successfully transitioned to female and works to help others explore their identity issues by posting video blogs on Youtube.

Dr. Croft, Medical Director of Healthyplace.com, will be available to give us his medical expertise on the psychological aspects of transitioning from one sex to another.

If you are struggling with this issue or other issues related to Transsexuality, we hope that you will watch our show and be encouraged by our guest. You can also find helpful information on our website under Gender, GLBT.

Have comments or story you’d like to share? E-mail me at producer AT healthyplace.com.

Remember the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show airs live every Tuesday at 5:30 pm PST, 7:30 pm CST and 8:30 pm EST. Watch the Psychological Aspects of Sex Reassignment video.

We hope you’ll join us!

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Compulsive Overeating, Food Addiction Show – Recap

Compulsive Overeating, Food Addiction Show – Recap

On the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show - causes and treatments of food addiction, compulsive overeating. Plus take a food addiction test. Watch on-demand.

On tonight’s show, Dr. Harry Croft did a wonderful job in explaining food addiction. Due to technical difficulties, our scheduled guest, Caryl Ehrlich was not able to share her insight with us.

Dr. Croft provided insights into addiction to food, saying that those who suffer often deal with other issues and use food as a coping mechanism. Compulsive overeating often includes food that is high in fat and sugar; never food that is good for us such as carrots or celery.

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Food Addiction – Aug. 4

Food Addiction – Aug. 4

Food addiction causes pain in so many lives. What causes overeating, binge eating and can food addiction be successfully treated? Watch the HealthyPlace TV Show now to find out.

We’ll be discussing food addiction on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show this Tuesday. With depression, obesity and diabetes on the rise in the United States, addiction to food is a serious matter. Finding out the reason why you are overeating is the first step to living a life free of shame.

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