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

Caregivers Burnout

Hello everyone!!

In this post I would like to speak on behalf of all the people like me (mental illness patients); I just want to send a big THANK YOU to all the loyal caregivers that work tirelessly every day to make our lives better. I know that sometimes is difficult for you to believe that you are very important to us, because we may not know how to express our gratitude towards you, but believe me, although we do not say it often, we love you a lot and I do mean a lot… (remember our feelings are very strong)!!!! Continue reading

Tips from a Bipolar Disorder Patient

Sadly sometimes I had to be the one that withdraw from some heated discussion … If they only knew how difficult it is for someone with my condition (Bipolar Disorder among other things) to understand that it’s time to stay quiet, when in fact what you want is to scream and shout, to talk and talk nonstop. How ironic no?  That’s why I decided to put up a list of tips that can help make our experience in life more pleasant & sweet for you and me so it doesn’t become a life full of bitterness. I hope this can  help other people who have relatives who like me suffer from this mental illness. Continue reading

Consejos de un paciente con Bipolaridad

Tristemente en ocasiones he tenido que ser yo la que se retire de alguna discusión acalorada…Si supieran lo difícil que es para una persona con mi condición( Desorden Bipolar entre otras) entender que es momento de callar cuando en realidad lo que deseas es gritar y gritar y hablar y hablar sin parar.   Que ironía, pero bueno a lo que voy, es que aquí deseo enumerar varias cosas que ayudarán a que nuestra experiencia de vida sea mas grata y dulce y no se torne amarga y llena de rencores.  Espero les sirva a otras personas que tienen familiares que sufren igual que yo de esta enfermedad mental.
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