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Age Regression in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Age Regression in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Age regression is a common occurrence in mental illness, especially DID. What does it feel like to regress in age? What can you do to cope with it? Learn here.

Age regression occurs in dissociative identity disorder (DID) particularly, but also in other mental illnesses such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder. While many people with DID have young or child alters, called littles, age regression is something different. So what is age regression, and how do you cope with it?

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Managing the Suicide Risk in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Managing the Suicide Risk in Dissociative Identity Disorder

It's imperative to manage the suicide risk in DID (dissociative identity disorder). Learn what the signs are, what coping skills to use, and how to reach out.

Many people with mental illness, including people with dissociative identity disorder (DID), manage the risk of suicide. In fact, people with DID carry the highest risk for suicide, as 70% of those diagnosed have a history of at least one suicide attempt. With such an increased risk, what can you do to manage the risk of suicide in DID?

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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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Symptoms of Dissociation Aren’t Always So Obvious in DID

Symptoms of Dissociation Aren’t Always So Obvious in DID

Dissociation symptoms seem black and white in the DSM-5, but they aren't so clear-cut in real life. What are dissociation symptoms really like? Find out here.

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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Is Dissociation a Coping Skill or a Dysfunction in DID?

Is Dissociation a Coping Skill or a Dysfunction in DID?

Dissociation is my coping skill, but dissociation as a dysfunction must be present for a dissociative disorder diagnosis. So do I really have DID? Read this.

My doctor questioned my dissociative identity disorder diagnosis because dissociation is a coping skill for me. Dissociative disorders are described as having dissociation as a dysfunction that impairs living life in some way. But I don’t think that is 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. For me, dissociation is the very thing that allows me to function. So is dissociation a coping skill or is it dysfunction?

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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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When Dissociative Identity Disorder and Depression Coincide

When Dissociative Identity Disorder and Depression Coincide

Many people with dissociative identity disorder (DID) experience symptoms of depression. Sometimes, the depressive symptoms are minor and intermittent. Other times, the symptoms are substantial enough to result in an additional diagnosis of a depressive disorder. In either case, depressive symptoms can have a significant impact on those with DID, and can make living with DID a little more complex.

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Suicide Risk in Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

Suicide Risk in Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

More than 70% of people with DID attempt suicide at least once. Even when one part is feeling okay, another part may be suicidal. How do you deal with that?

Suicide risk in dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a significant concern (Facts About Suicide). People with DID have one of the highest risks for suicide. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), more than 70% of outpatients with DID have attempted suicide, and multiple suicide attempts are common. What causes this increased suicide risk in DID, and can it be prevented?

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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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Hearing Voices in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Hearing Voices in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Hearing voices is a common symptom in dissociative identity disorder. The voices can't be medicated away. Learn what it's like to hear voices in DID. Read this.

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) includes the experience of hearing voices, medically referred to as auditory hallucinations. This is also a common symptom in several other mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder. The experience of hearing voices in DID is quite different from the experience of hearing voices in other disorders, however, and the causes and treatments are not the same.

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