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Old 01-24-2019, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default Could be simple!!

Treatment for DID/MPD could be sooooo simple. The first step is to educate the patient's significant others about the mental illness.

Main fact: The mental illness involves memory loss/ amnesia.
Main fact: The mental illness involves memory loss/ amnesia.

Once the significant others understand this main fact, the communication problems, that DID/MPD or any other type of dissociative disorder cause, can be resolved immediately! Then the patient will not have to worry about the weirdness of this.

This one issue could have made me feel safe!
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If someone is in a trusting and safe, open and honest, relationship and that simple fact was used for the benefit of of that person, struggling with dissociation, that would be simple.

If someone is not in a true relationship with safety and trust, it could be an open door for gaslighting.

I don’t mean to be negative. That is honesty from my perspective.
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I feel this also goes for any MI, not only dissociative identity disorder and manic depressive disorder. Also, having said this before I would say it again and again, the healing process is not about diagnosis as much as the healing. I found out through therapy, that there is no replacement for therapy.
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I don't know. I think there is so much more to it than that. Besides, I have no significant others.
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What I am trying to explain with this post is this: Whether it is significant others or bosses, the people in your life need to know about the amnesia/memory loss. Then they can help document the switching process, aka the memory loss.

What irritates me is that mental health professionals try to claim that this mental illness is rare. Early childhood abuse and trauma is not rare! It is extremely common, unfortunately. Also memory problems in humans is not rare! We know that old people have it and it is common in old people. Educating the public that young people can have memory loss and memory problems is important and also would advance the treatment of mental illness.

Again it is mental health professionals job to heal their patients as fast as possible. Or, if at this time it is not possible to cure the mental illness, then it is the mental health professional's job to improve the quality of life of their patients in any way they can as fast as possible.

The old Freudian psycho-analysis technique of dragging out therapy as long as possible is not acceptable in this modern age. It is actually a business fraud issue which I am trying to educate lawyers about.
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?? But what would that help? Amnesia isn't the problem. It is a symptom of the problem, but not the problem.
Freudian psychoanalysis isn't a treatment for DID. Trauma therapy is, where the client learns to regulate the nervous system so that the trauma symptoms no longer overwhelm everyday functioning. Catastrophic childhood trauma changes the course of normal human development. There is no quick fix for this stuff. There is no "normal" to return to. What you can do is learn to live the best life you can with the cards you've been dealt. "Living the best life you can" with a nervous system that adapted specifically to survive chronic and unrelenting trauma is a goal that takes... as long as it needs to take.
But for me... others documenting my memory loss would do diddly squat to change how my physical being overreacts to the multiple triggers of trauma that pervade my every day life.
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Treatment for DID/MPD could be sooooo simple. The first step is to educate the patient's significant others about the mental illness.
I disagree that treatment for this illness is simple. I would venture to say that DID is one of the most complex mental health issues due to its deeply rooted trauma, memory loss, etc. I do not think saying it is simple is the way to go. (I dont mean any disrespect)
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Once the significant others understand this main fact, the communication problems, that DID/MPD or any other type of dissociative disorder cause, can be resolved immediately! Then the patient will not have to worry about the weirdness of this.

This one issue could have made me feel safe!
Resolved immediately? I am not saying that someone with DID can't be happy or have a fulfilling life but I will say that the difficulties experienced could be considered "chronic or life-long". I am not an expert on this but as far as I know there are no cures available for most mental illnesses, especially DID.
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Again it is mental health professionals job to heal their patients as fast as possible. Or, if at this time it is not possible to cure the mental illness, then it is the mental health professional's job to improve the quality of life of their patients in any way they can as fast as possible.

The old Freudian psycho-analysis technique of dragging out therapy as long as possible is not acceptable in this modern age. It is actually a business fraud issue which I am trying to educate lawyers about.
I do not think it is helpful to..sorta trivialize this mental health issue by saying that it should be cured as fast as possible or that long term therapy is dragging it out. In fact I am not understanding why you bring up lawyers and legal stuff. Since when do therapists claim they can cure this or other mental health issues? You can treat it but this is usually part of an ongoing process because there are no cures. Maybe you are lucky enough to have remission but usually you need to maintain a regimen of meds/therapy or even just therapy. If you have found the cure please share it.
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There is no cure for mental illness. That is like saying there is no cure for cancer. But there are many many strategies to work through with therapy, medication is only one catalyst to do so. A team of doctors is another, whether that be through A Freudian approach or any other.
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I don't think it's that simple, Michael W. Harris. However, I do agree that having the people in our lives understand what problems we are dealing with can be very important. This is true for any MI, not just DID. But I'd say therapy is required for many cases, as well as meds. It's not easy to deal with MI, but it can be done. I hope all of those who are struggling will feel better soon. Things can get better. Please don't give up. You're all strong, I know that. Sending many hugs to everyone
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