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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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Dissociation from Trauma Saved My Life, and I Am Thankful

Dissociation from Trauma Saved My Life, and I Am Thankful

Dissociation from trauma happens when the trauma is too much to bear. So while I'm not thankful for DID, I am thankful for dissociation. It saved my life.

As a person who experienced dissociation from trauma, I am thankful for dissociation even though it happens to this day. It can be difficult to be thankful for things when you have dissociative identity disorder (DID). When you have DID, you have experienced significant trauma that impacts your entire life. So what’s to be thankful for when things seem to be so hard? Is dissociation from trauma something to be thankful for?

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What Dissociative Identity Disorder Is Not

What Dissociative Identity Disorder Is Not

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is not what you may think it is. Knowing what dissociative identity disorder is not helps weed out mental health stigmas.

There are hundreds of articles describing what dissociative identity disorder (DID) is, but there aren’t many articles describing what DID is not. With all of the misconceptions and stigma out there about DID, it is just as important to write about what DID is not as it is to write about what DID is. Let us clear the air about DID.

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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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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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