Dissociative disorders are conditions that can cause psychological and physical problems. Some dissociative disorders don’t last very long. However, they are all likely to be caused by a traumatic event. They tend to resolve in a matter of months, if not weeks. Other dissociative disorders can last a lot longer. 

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The Symptoms of Dissociative Disorders

The symptoms can vary between people but they can include feeling:

  • Disconnected from the world around you
  • Disconnected from yourself
  • Very little to no physical pain 
  • Uncertain about who you are as a person

Symptoms can also include:

  • Having multiple identities that are distinct from each other 
  • Forgetting about personal information, some events, and time periods

When there is too much stress for someone to deal with, they can dissociate. Dissociation can last for a few hours, or it can last for years. However, it only tends to last for years if the individual is also suffering from other dissociative disorders. 

Types of Dissociative Disorders 

There are different types of this disorder, but the main types are:

  • Depersonalisation-derealisation disorder
  • Dissociative identity disorder
  • Dissociative amnesia

The Causes 

At the time of writing, the health world is still unsure what the causes are. However, it’s thought that they are caused by:

  • A previous traumatic experience such as emotional, sexual, or physical abuse in childhood
  • Invasive medical procedures, kidnapping, or war

It’s also thought that a dissociative disorder is a type of denial. It’s the mind’s way of saying “This isn’t happening to me”. When the sufferer’s environment is no longer traumatic, it means they have not processed or dealt with the event. This can cause them to act and live as if the traumatic event is still happening.

This website has more information about the causes of dissociative disorder. It might be worth checking it out. 

Treatment 

Let’s imagine you’re looking for help in Brayton or the local area for this disorder. One of the first people to talk to would be your doctor. Your doctor might then recommend that you have talking therapy so you can deal with the underlying causes. This type of therapy can also help you to manage those times when you feel disconnected.

Your doctor might also prescribe medication such as antidepressants if you suffer from depression, panic attacks, or anxiety. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk