01 June 2024

Dissociative Disorders

 Dissociative Disorders: Awareness, Research and Resources

Dissociative Disorders

Dissociation - complete dissociation  - is an emotional protection strategy that totally and completely removes painful realities from the mind and body of the survivor.” ― Kathy Broady

With respect to the acceptance of dissociative disorders, as with most issues in life, it is counterproductive to spend time trying to convince people of things they don't want to know.” ― Warwick Middleton

Dissociative Disorders Research

Symptoms and Types of Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative Disorders

"Here are some key types of dissociative disorders:
  1. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): Formerly known as multiple personality disorder, DID involves the presence of two or more distinct personality states or identities within an individual. Each identity may have its own way of perceiving and interacting with the world. This condition is often associated with severe trauma during childhood.

  2. Dissociative Amnesia: This involves the inability to recall important personal information, usually of a traumatic or stressful nature, that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness. The amnesia is not due to substances or medical conditions.

  3. Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder: Depersonalization involves feeling detached from one's own body, thoughts, or sensations, as if observing oneself from outside. Derealization involves feeling detached from one's surroundings, as if in a dream or unreal.

The exact causes of dissociative disorders are not fully understood but are often associated with severe trauma, particularly during childhood, such as chronic physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. These disorders are thought to be a way for the mind to cope with overwhelming stress or trauma by disconnecting from one's thoughts, feelings, memories, or sense of identity.

Treatment typically involves psychotherapy, particularly approaches that focus on helping individuals integrate dissociated parts of their identity and process traumatic memories. Medications may be used to manage associated symptoms like anxiety or depression.

It's important for individuals with dissociative disorders to receive appropriate support and treatment from mental health professionals who specialize in trauma and dissociation." (Source: ChatGPT 2024)

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