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Yesterday I was in therapy and my therapist was trying to teach me how to soothe my little parts. I began to feel very sleepy and tingly in my body. I was beginning to drift away like last time I dissociated and she is very good about noticing that and brings me back. We have discussed grounding in the past but the thing is you never know what comes up in therapy is going to make you dissociate so its not like you are like ok Im beginning to dissociate let me notice five things in the room or whatever. How do you deal with this?
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Yesterday I was in therapy and my therapist was trying to teach me how to soothe my little parts. I began to feel very sleepy and tingly in my body. I was beginning to drift away like last time I dissociated and she is very good about noticing that and brings me back. We have discussed grounding in the past but the thing is you never know what comes up in therapy is going to make you dissociate so its not like you are like ok Im beginning to dissociate let me notice five things in the room or whatever. How do you deal with this?
sorry Dnester. my dissociation is nothing like feeling sleepy and tingly. in me this is normal falling asleep. Im not going to post all my dissociation symptoms because I dont want to activate your problems.

one thing you may not know about OSDD. its actually the easiest of the disorders to work with and heal from because the problems are less severe than the other dissociative disorders. (one of the criteria actually says the words "less than marked ... which means not that bad, mild problems hardly noticable, doesnt affect a persons life as badly as other dissociative disorders and easier to live with)

example when you feel yourself sleepy and tingly in therapy just tell your therapist you are feeling like that. since you know what you are feeling you can do the work to do the grounding. unlike other dissociative disorders if you dont know you are feeling something you cant do anything about it.

just talk with your treatment provider. at the moment that you are feeling sleepy and tingly tell her so. then one of two things is going to happen.. either the session will end for the day because you are not able to do the work or you and the therapist do the grounding work together while she is teaching you how to do it.

with OSDD the therapy process is all in your hands. you decide whether you want to continue to feel this way and choose not to do the grounding or choose to tell your treatment provider what you are feeling when you are having the problem in therapy and do the work needed to not feel this way.

with OSDD the hard part is recognizing when you are triggered (having your dissociation problems) the easy part is doing something about it.

when I am feeling numb, spaced out and disconnected (my dissociation symptoms) I eat something sweet or sour, I take a walk, I row my canoe on the lake. I listen to music, I play with my children, I pet my pets,

maybe you can think about all the different things that you enjoy doing and then when you feel sleepy and tingly you can find something grounding for you to do.
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You just keep working on it and practicing.It's not something that's going to happen over night,it takes time and patience to learn new skills.

You already said you began to feel sleepy and tingly and was beginning to drift away,so you already know that's a good time to start grounding exercises.Actually,when you start feeling sleepy and tingly is the time to start.
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I'm so sorry, Dnester I completely agree with what Betty_Banana has already wisely said better than I ever could.. It will take time. Just try to be patient. I know things seem pretty bad now, but trust me when I say that they can get better. I hope things will get better soon for you. Remember that we're here for you if you need it. Feel free to PM me anytime. Let me know if I can do something to help you. Wish you good luck! Let us know how it goes. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this
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[QUOTE=Betty_Banana;6445439]You just keep working on it and practicing.It's not something that's going to happen over night,it takes time and patience to learn new skills.

You already said you began to feel sleepy and tingly and was beginning to drift away,so you already know that's a good time to start grounding exercises.Actually,when you start feeling sleepy and tingly is time to start.


Yeah, my therapist always asks if I want water when I start looking far away but K am embarrassed to eat or drink in front of therapists because I dont know them that well.
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I dissociate in fight or flight mode which is pretty instantaneous, so I try hard to stay focused and fight off the switching or freezing that’s quickly coming. Confrontations a big trigger... it causes a system wide crash....

Knowing your triggers and preparing for them is what works best.

Switching is normal for us and certain times causes it...not so much dissociation, but way of living needed.
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sorry Dnester. my dissociation is nothing like feeling sleepy and tingly. in me this is normal falling asleep. Im not going to post all my dissociation symptoms because I dont want to activate your problems.

one thing you may not know about OSDD. its actually the easiest of the disorders to work with and heal from because the problems are less severe than the other dissociative disorders. (one of the criteria actually says the words "less than marked ... which means not that bad, mild problems hardly noticable, doesnt affect a persons life as badly as other dissociative disorders and easier to live with)

example when you feel yourself sleepy and tingly in therapy just tell your therapist you are feeling like that. since you know what you are feeling you can do the work to do the grounding. unlike other dissociative disorders if you dont know you are feeling something you cant do anything about it.

just talk with your treatment provider. at the moment that you are feeling sleepy and tingly tell her so. then one of two things is going to happen.. either the session will end for the day because you are not able to do the work or you and the therapist do the grounding work together while she is teaching you how to do it.

with OSDD the therapy process is all in your hands. you decide whether you want to continue to feel this way and choose not to do the grounding or choose to tell your treatment provider what you are feeling when you are having the problem in therapy and do the work needed to not feel this way.

with OSDD the hard part is recognizing when you are triggered (having your dissociation problems) the easy part is doing something about it.

when I am feeling numb, spaced out and disconnected (my dissociation symptoms) I eat something sweet or sour, I take a walk, I row my canoe on the lake. I listen to music, I play with my children, I pet my pets,

maybe you can think about all the different things that you enjoy doing and then when you feel sleepy and tingly you can find something grounding for you to do.
Yeah, thats how it is for me though. Its not falling asleep I have a sleep disorder and its very complicated but I wont go into all that. Usually what happens is I feel tingly and sleepy anf my vision starts to narrow. My therapist immediately picks up on it and says hey where are you in a loud tone. Then asks if I want water.
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Yeah, thats how it is for me though. Its not falling asleep I have a sleep disorder and its very complicated but I wont go into all that. Usually what happens is I feel tingly and sleepy anf my vision starts to narrow. My therapist immediately picks up on it and says hey where are you in a loud tone. Then asks if I want water.
thanks for clarifying.... the feeling sleepy and the tingling isnt part of your dissociation problems but is part of your sleep disorder....I was wondering if this was part of a sleep disorder because I know someone with sleep apnea with these same problems.

I have a new suggestion based on your clarification.... maybe you can talk with your medical doctor who over sees your sleep disorder. they can help you with some meds and help you get on a good sleep routine where you dont have this problem any more... example my friend with sleep apnea was given a c- pap machine and some medication that together they have solved this problem of feeling sleepy and getting the "tingles" because they are now getting the right amount of sleep and oxygen that they need.
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thanks for clarifying.... the feeling sleepy and the tingling isnt part of your dissociation problems but is part of your sleep disorder....I was wondering if this was part of a sleep disorder because I know someone with sleep apnea with these same problems.

I have a new suggestion based on your clarification.... maybe you can talk with your medical doctor who over sees your sleep disorder. they can help you with some meds and help you get on a good sleep routine where you dont have this problem any more... example my friend with sleep apnea was given a c- pap machine and some medication that together they have solved this problem of feeling sleepy and getting the "tingles" because they are now getting the right amount of sleep and oxygen that they need.
No, thats how dissociation is for me personally. I actually cant fall asleep on my own thats why I know it isnt me getting ready to fall asleep. I go for a sleep study on the 4th of march though. So we can address my problems with not being able to fall asleep on my own. For me though they are two different issues. This also has only ever happened to me in therapy and I sit still alot. I work at the desk in my group home and never felt this feeling. Not even when I am laying down to go to sleep.
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