Dissociative Disorder (DD)
Dissociative disorders are the brains way of a coping with a situation or incident too upsetting for the conscious mind to process. A person with a dissociative disorder escapes reality in involuntary and pathological ways. There are several types of dissociative disorders (dissociative amnesia, dissociative identity disorder, dissociative fugue and depersonalization disorder), all of which are thought to be caused by experiencing a trauma or abuse. Symptoms common to dissociative disorders include selective amnesia (of a specific time, person or event), depersonalization (a feeling of being detached from yourself), an indistinct or distorted sense of identity, and derealization (a feeling that something is off and the world and people around you are unreal). Individuals suffering from dissociative disorders often experience other mental health problems, like depression and anxiety. A mental health professional can help a person with a dissociative disorder to learn new ways of coping.
Local Experts in Dissociative Disorder (DD)
I have worked extensively with dissociative disorder and multiple personality disorder.
I specialize in both DID and depersonalization - complex strategies our minds use to help protect us from intense traumatic events. Sometimes this is experienced as an inability to concentrate or connect, a sense of being disconnected, numb, or unreal, or involve holding multiple identities inside you. No matter how you experience dissociation, we can work to build awareness, connection, & safety
I have several years' experience working with people who have dissociative disorders.
It is natural and adaptive to avoid pain, but if it becomes automated we can lose the capacity to tolerate it difficult emotions. What was once a highly adaptive, life -saving strategy can become a secret prison of shame and doubt.
Dissociative Disorders are a coping response to severe, ongoing trauma that usually starts at a young age. Dissociation is the process of numbing out our thoughts, emotions, memories and body to avoid painful experiences. Dissociative experiences may range from blocking one memory to blocking out large areas of our lives and developing different personalities within a person in order to cope.