What is D.I.D?

Dissociative disorders are characterized by an involuntary escape from reality characterized by a disconnection between thoughts, identity, consciousness and memory. People from all age groups and racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds can experience a dissociative disorder. Its estimated that 2% of people experience dissociative disorders, with women being more likely than men to be diagnosed. Almost half of adults in the United States experience at least one depersonalization/derealization episode in their lives, with only 2% meeting the full criteria for chronic episodes. The symptoms of a dissociative disorder usually first develop as a response to a traumatic event, such as abuse or military combat, to keep those memories under control. Stressful situations can worsen symptoms and cause problems with functioning in everyday activities. However, the symptoms a person experiences will depend on the type of dissociative disorder that a person has. Treatment for dissociative disorders often involves psychotherapy and medication. Though finding an effective treatment plan can be difficult, many people are able to live healthy and productive lives. – To read more go to:

http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Dissociative-Disorders

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2 thoughts on “What is D.I.D?

  1. embear123 says:

    I’m not sure if this counts, but due to my PTSD, I dissociate from reality quite frequently. My memories cause me to be unaware of what’s real and what is just a nightmare or a flashback. I can never tell what’s really going on. Does this count? Hang in there xx

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