Dissociative Conditions and DID
What are Dissociative Disorders and Conditions?
— Adam Duritz, Counting Crows.
What are the symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder?
People with Dissociative Disorders may also experience depression, mood lability, suicidal thoughts or attempts, sleep disorders (insomnia, night terrors, and sleep walking), or panic attacks and phobias (flashbacks, reactions to reminders of the trauma). Furthermore, compulsions and rituals, borderline psychotic symptoms, somatization issues such as headaches, trances or “out of body experiences” or eating disorders may occur.
What causes a Dissociative Disorder?
How is a Dissociative Condition diagnosed?
Dissociative Disorders can be effectively managed with intensive psychotherapy, and medication, when necessary. Psychotherapy, sleep and stress management, and psycho-education can significantly diminish the frequency and intensity of dissociative episodes. The earlier in life a person is diagnosed and treated, the better the prognosis. However, dissociative symptoms may be so disabling, a person with a Dissociative Disorder may have difficulty seeking help or staying in treatment.
Persons with a Dissociative Disorder and history of psychological trauma may be reluctant or afraid to seek treatment. Finding the proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan is especially important. Chemical dependency or alcoholism, or co-occurring psychological problems may also be prevalent among persons with dissociation. Concurrent substance abuse dramatically interferes with effective psychological and medical treatment. Persons with a Dissociative Disorder may have isolated themselves from family or loved ones, thus lacking an effective social support structure that is important to assist with their recovery.
How does PCH treat Dissociative Disorders?
PCH offers multiple treatment modalities that specifically address trauma. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided four times per week, with trauma informed therapists. We also offer somatic experiencing and sensorimotor therapies and neurofeedback. There are specific group therapy offerings which address trauma as well, including process groups, trauma timeline and mentalization based therapies. Therapeutic yoga and a supportive milieu also provide benefits to persons who have experienced dissociation.
At PCH Treatment Center, we have helped many clients overcome their past psychological trauma, to find happiness and return to their home and family and workplace or school with confidence and hopefulness.