Dissociative Disorder: Treatment, Recovery, Prevention, Coping, Prognosis

Symptoms of dissociative disorder are quite different and vary from person to person. It can be amnesia or may be the patient is suffering from alternate identity as well. The symptoms of dissociative disorder may result in traumas while increasing stress can make the situation critical. That is why the right treatment is necessary or else it can affect your day to day life activities.

There are few kinds of treatments that can be used to deal with dissociative disorder like medication, talk therapy. Combating dissociative disorder is not easy but still measures can be taken to improve the symptoms and lead a healthy life.

Treatment for Dissociative Disorder

Treatment for Dissociative Disorder

Psychotherapy is one of the best ways to treat the dissociative disorder. This therapy is also known as talk therapy in which the expert will talk to you about the dissociative disorder and what are the reasons that have caused it.

The therapist will try to find out the root cause of the condition and what can be done to bring down the stress level of the person. As time passes, the therapist will focus on other issues as well and try to deal with it smartly. This type of conversation really proves helpful as you overcome the fear and helps you to live a healthy life.

As such there are no medicines which are used to treat the dissociative disorder but still antidepressants may be given by the doctor to overcome depression as well as anxiety. Such medicines are really helpful as it eases the condition to a large extent.

Recovery Period/Healing Time for Dissociative Disorder

The time period of the recovery or healing time for dissociative disorder varies and the doctor can best advise you on this.

Prevention of Dissociative Disorder

You can follow few tips to prevent your children to become victims of dissociative disorder:

  • Kids who have been abused or have gone through emotional trauma are more prone to dissociative disorder. Even stress is also the reason of developing the dissociative disorder.
  • In case you are diagnosed with it, talk to someone in your family and consult the doctor about the next step to be taken. Therapies can prove helpful in this concern.
  • There are programs and parenting classes too which make a difference to your life.
  • Seek the advice of the doctor or take the help of a mental health expert so that your child recovers from the trauma and is able to lead a stress-free life.

Coping with Dissociative Disorder

What Can Friends or Family do to Help the Sufferer of Dissociative Disorder?

The family as well as the friends need to understand dissociative disorder in order to handle the problem in a better way. They can play a crucial role in the recovery process of dissociative disorder. Here are some of the things they can do.

  • Try to learn more about this dissociative disorder and make themselves familiar.
  • If someone has experienced such a thing, try to listen to them and learn from them.
  • Try, to be honest.
  • Stay alerted and take permission while touching them.
  • Help them with the day to day tasks.
  • Don’t expect from them but try to do things that make them happy.

Talk to people about the problem as it helps to cope with the situations and you may feel connected with the surroundings and the people.

Prognosis/Outlook for Dissociative Disorder

The prognosis/outlook for dissociative disorder depends on how early the disorder is detected and the willingness of the patient to overcome the illness. There are many people who have been treated for dissociative disorder and found a lot of difference in their life. They have started living a better life and are able to control themselves.

Risk Factors for Dissociative Disorder

People who have been abused in their childhood or have gone through any emotional trauma are the ones who are at risk of developing this dissociative disorder. Kidnapping, abuse, torture etc… are some of the other risk factors which can lead to dissociative disorder.

Complications in Dissociative Disorder

People suffering from the dissociative disorder can develop a number of complications and that is why it is necessary to keep a constant eye on them. Here are some of the complications they or others can be prone to.

  • Eating disorders.
  • Self-harm.
  • Severe headaches.
  • Personality disorders.
  • Suicidal attempts.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Anxiety.
  • Sexual compulsions.
  • Alcoholism and drug use disorders.

Apart from the above complications, people suffering from dissociative disorder face a lot of problems in their personal as well as professional lives. The pressure of work and life is so much that there are unable to handle it anymore and may harm them as well. Such things may become a question of worry for the loved ones as such people slowly move away from life and people around them. They just love to be alone thus worsening the condition.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:April 6, 2018

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