Dissociation: Do you have dissociative identity disorder?

Dissociation is complex.

Do you ever feel like you are walking down a dark confusing tunnel feeling lost, in a daze, and overcome by intense emotion?

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is the experience of splitting into small fragments within yourself. It is a process that unconsciously takes over and becomes chronic as a person struggles to understand abuse, neglect, or some other kind of traumatic experience.

Childhood trauma, which I will be discussing Sunday, is often the vehicle for dissociative disorders. It’s important to see dissociative disorders on a spectrum rather than “categories” that you can fit into.

In other words, Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) is at the higher end of the spectrum — let’s say a “10” ( 10 being the worst). If we work our way down the spectrum we will see dissociative amnesia, depersonalization/derealization, and other specified dissociative disorder (which could be a “1”).

This spectrum of dissociative disorders can be complex because you could be experiencing every disorder on the spectrum at certain points in your life.

For example, in adolescence you may have experienced derealization/depersonalization and then later in life — say, around age 30 — you experience a more intense DID that is difficult for you to live with or even hide. Some people, especially men, do not show signs of DID in a way that the disorder can be clinically recognized and treated. There is no “drastic” change of personality as the movies show. This can make diagnosis and treatment difficult.

If you are interested in this topic check out my previous vides below:

1. Dissociation in trauma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pePy3…

2. DID https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIuPM...

3. Loss of childhood memories https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMtlc…

4. Traumatized by narcissism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivZnA...

5. Lost memories https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDRM_…

***Childhood trauma video coming Sunday, 1/30 7pm est

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