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Help with dissociating?

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Ridley

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Hello everyone! I could use some advice from people who know what I’m dealing with... I have DID but recently I’ve been dissociating a lot and losing way more time than normal. Sometimes it’s just for a minute, but then I end up doing stupid things like taking the wrong medication or driving in the wrong direction. I also recently started therapy and my inner voices have gone very quiet when they’ve always been loud and opinionated. I feel like I’m rapidly losing control and I’m not sure what to do. Any advice or suggestions? Has anyone else gone through a period like this, and how did you get through it? Thanks :)
 
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I wonder if starting therapy has had an effect on things.
Sometimes therapy can stir things up and make things almost a bit worse in the short term, but hopefully helps more in the long run.

It probably doesn't help if other people are around who already think you're crazy, but I find saying things out loud can help, especially when it's something like taking meds.
So i'll say "Medication taken at 12pm today". Or "I need to prepare to turn left soon".

Do you ever get any early signs that you are going to dissociate or does it just tend to come on quite quickly?
Sometimes I feel like i'm starting to freak out and if I can do something to calm down at the early stage, it can prevent me from getting too dissociated.
 
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Thanks for the advice! It’s always quite sudden for me and I have no idea when it’s coming. I was also recently diagnosed so I might just not be able to recognize the signs yet. I will also try saying things out loud that’s a good suggestion.
 
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a few months ago things started getting really bad so I started therapy. I think it was stress at my job but I recently got a new job, so I’m hoping that helps. Might be a case of things getting worse before they get better 🤷‍♀️
 
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Stress at your job caused DID?

Or did the illness cause the stress that led to losing job?

Im just curious about others.. im new to this.. im in an age of discovery
 
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no, no of course stress at my job didn’t cause DID. I already had DID from childhood trauma but I think it just really made it worse. When I get super stressed out I dissociate more and have a harder time with memory loss and amnesia
 
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no, no of course stress at my job didn’t cause DID. I already had DID from childhood trauma but I think it just really made it worse. When I get super stressed out I dissociate more and have a harder time with memory loss and amnesia
Have you ever wondered if the trauma didn't cause your DID but that you have PTSD thats caused the DID ?

Or do you think the trauma directly caused the DID?

Thanks x
 
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Have you ever wondered if the trauma didn't cause your DID but that you have PTSD thats caused the DID ?

Or do you think the trauma directly caused the DID?

Thanks x
I have no idea if I know the answer to that. I’ve had DID since age 9, at least that’s when I first heard the voices in my head that developed into alters. Maybe it was ptsd and not the trauma directly, but I was too young to say for sure.
 
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I have no idea if I know the answer to that. I’ve had DID since age 9, at least that’s when I first heard the voices in my head that developed into alters. Maybe it was ptsd and not the trauma directly, but I was too young to say for sure.
Have you tried hypnosis? I've wondered if it works but im worried the person doing it might not be 100% qualified to deal with whatever may be uncovered.....

I've read, doctors are doing interesting things with LSD and unlocking the brain to let emotion from childhood trauma release somehow.. but I'm not sure they have it on the NHS... 🤔


Damn memory.
 
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No I haven’t tried that. I live in rural Alaska so there aren’t any specialists here. I have a general psychiatrist and a therapist that does trauma.
 
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Have you ever wondered if the trauma didn't cause your DID but that you have PTSD thats caused the DID ?

Or do you think the trauma directly caused the DID?

Thanks x
Extreme,prolonged trauma in very young childhood causes DID.
 
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