Article provided by: Reconnect Psychological Services
Disassociative identity disorder treatment can be complicated. To understand what procedures are needed, the disorder must be recognized. Children who have been through trauma or abuse often disassociate themselves as a natural defense. They remove themselves from the full awareness of the trauma they experienced or are experiencing. Unfortunately, this can become a pattern that carries into adulthood. Disassociative identity disorder (DID) was once known as multiple personality disorder. This is where a person has at least two distinct personalities. The personalities may alternate and are usually entirely different from each other. Each personality has a name and identity or self-image. They control the person’s thoughts and behavior. This leads to memory lapses that are much more intense than merely forgetting. Other things that may contribute to DID include physiological conditions which can be a direct effect of drug use and seizures. Both of these must be ruled out before the diagnosis of DID.
Having a loved one that has disassociative identity disorder can be very emotional for the family. This is especially true when they are not aware of any abuse or trauma. It is hard to keep up with the different personalities and their behaviors. Sometimes the family may feel like the person they know is no longer there.
The causes of disassociative identity disorder are most likely from prolonged, trauma or abuse during childhood. This includes several factors. The absence of nurturing makes disassociation easy. Therefore, the patient developed a way of splitting their personality as a coping or survival skill.
Some of the symptoms of DID include not being able to remember a large part of their childhood. They may also find them self in a place and not able to remember how they got there. Some have flashbacks and hallucinations. Some of the symptoms also include out of body experiences, feeling disconnected from the body, suicide attempts or thoughts, changes in handwriting, and lower levels of functioning.
A person with dissociative identity disorder may also experience depression, mood swings, eating disorders, sleep problems, headaches, and sexual dysfunction.
If you are a loved one experiencing the symptoms of DID, you need to seek professional medical help. Left untreated DID will last a lifetime. It may take years of Disassociative Identity Disorder Treatment, but it does work. Some of the treatments may include:
PSYCHOTHERAPY – This is one of the treatments that work best. It can last for about five years to seven years for an adult with this disorder. Individual therapy is better than group because the counselor is more able to integrate the different personalities into one unified one better. The treatment will work through the trauma that triggers the disassociation. Disassociative Identity Disorder treatment includes several steps. The first is to uncover the different personalities and mapping their behaviors. After this, the traumatic memories must be dealt with, and the personalities need to be fused together. The third step is to consolidate the behaviors to form a single personality.
FAMILY THERAPY – This will be recommended to help the family understand what DID is and be able to recognize the changes that are taking place in the behavior. They will be taught how to recognize symptoms of regression.
GROUP THERAPY – This may be helpful for the person with DID provided it is for people specifically for DID.
MEDICATIONS – No medication can treat DID, but some may help with the mood disorder. These include antidepressants and anxiolytics.
CLINICAL HYPNOSIS – There is a lot of controversy about the use of hypnosis. However, it can help the patient deal with some of the symptoms and causes. It also helps to fuse together the different personalities during integration.
Here at Reconnect Center, we can help you to receive the Disassociative Identity Disorder treatment that you need and help you to overcome the trauma and get your life back.