Dissociative Disorders Treatment

The Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers

Dissociative Disorders Treatment

Dissociative disorders are mental disorders that involve a disconnection and lack of continuity from reality that is involuntary. It affects thoughts, identity, consciousness, and memory and causes problems functioning in everyday life, according to NAMI.

Dissociative disorders affect an estimated 2% of people living in the United States, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which also states that women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with the disorder.

There are three different types of dissociative disorders: dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder or split personality; dissociative amnesia; and depersonalization disorder. While each has some symptoms that set it apart from the others, all three are usually rooted in some form of trauma. 

Treatment is available for you or someone you love who is experiencing any of the three dissociative disorders. The Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers are equipped to offer comprehensive treatment for dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity disorder treatment, that involves a balance of pharmacological support and therapeutic practices supported by research that can help patients deal with the trauma they’ve previously experienced.

So, just what is dissociative identity disorder, and how does it differ from depersonalization disorder or dissociative amnesia? And how are these disorders treated? Read on to learn more about dissociative disorders and the treatment options available through The Phoenix.

Types of Dissociative Disorders

As mentioned previously, there are three main types of dissociative disorders. Here is a closer look at each:

  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) — Also known as multiple personality disorder or split personality, DID can give a person multiple alternative identities which they “switch” into. According to NAMI, a person with dissociative identity disorder symptoms may feel as though the different personalities are trying to take control in their minds. Each identity may have its own name, characteristics, mannerisms and even voice. Dissociative identity disorder can cause gaps in the memory of those who have it. Individuals suffering from DID typically also have dissociative amnesia and can sometimes suffer from dissociative fugue (confused wandering) as well.
  • Dissociative Amnesia — A person suffering from dissociative amnesia symptoms may have a hard time remembering things about himself or herself far beyond typical forgetfulness. Sometimes the information forgotten may involve identity or life history, but more often it is a particular event, such as abuse or combat. It cannot be explained by a medical condition, however. According to NAMI, an amnesic episode can begin suddenly and may last anywhere from minutes to years. It may also involve dissociative fugue.
  • Depersonalization Disorder — This disorder causes symptoms that include feelings of detachment from sensations, feelings, thoughts and actions (depersonalization), or the sense that other things and people are unreal (derealization). You may only experience depersonalization or derealization, but sometimes both can occur at the same time. More than 80% of people with depersonalization disorder begin experiencing episodes and other symptoms before age 20, according to NAMI.

Other Symptoms

In addition to the symptoms mentioned in the above section, people with a dissociative disorder may experience one or more of the following dissociative disorder symptoms, according to NAMI:

  • A lack of self-identity or sense of self
  • Feelings of emotional detachment or emotional numbness
  • Mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts
  • Out-of-body experiences, as though they are watching a movie of themselves
  • Memory loss on a significant scale involving people, events, or specific times
  • Stress or problems in relationships, work, or other important areas of life

What Causes Dissociative Disorders?

Generally speaking, dissociative disorders develop in people as a way to help them handle trauma. Children who have experienced long-term abuse, whether physical abuse, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse, are the most likely to develop a dissociative disorder, though people who have been through a natural disaster, combat, or other forms of trauma may also develop a dissociative disorder.

How are Dissociative Disorders Treated and What Does That Look Like at PRC?

The Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers are dedicated to providing the care and treatment each individual needs to help them manage a dissociative disorder. Dissociative identity disorder treatment and other dissociative disorder treatments usually involve various therapies including:

  • Medication such as antidepressants to treat related symptoms 
  • Psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). 
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

Self-care and outpatient programs can also play a role in treating dissociative identity disorder and other dissociative disorders. The Phoenix offers several different treatment programs to meet different individual needs: Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Day Program, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), or General Outpatient Program (GOP). Residential Treatment through a partnering facility is also available as needed for stabilization and DID treatment.

Phoenix Recovery Experience

The Phoenix offers a continuum of care in its recovery experience that is designed to support patients and their families in managing their mental health conditions and rebuilding a meaningful life. We seek to help build self-confidence and to instill the tools needed to successfully heal relationships.

We are happy to answer your questions and to provide support in your healing process, no matter where you are in the journey. Our staff members care deeply about each patient and are passionate about achieving total behavioral health in all mental health recovery efforts, including treating dissociative identity disorder and other dissociative disorders.

The Phoenix Difference

The Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers go to every length to realize their mission statement: “Empowering individuals and families suffering from addiction and mental health disorders to celebrate life through lasting solutions.”

Our tailored programs and recovery experiences are research-driven, and we make every effort to support outcomes where patients and their families can reclaim a meaningful life through knowledge and applied behaviors gained from treatment. We also provide an additional recovery support community through our weekly Alumni Support Meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you or a loved one begin the journey toward successfully managing a dissociative disorder. The Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Centers will be with you every step of the way.

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