What medications should be used in the treatment of dissociative identity disorder? This fact sheet takes guidance from the ISSTD’s Treatment Guidelines for DID.
How should dissociative identity disorder be treated? What do the guidelines say, and who produces them?
Trauma is an event or series of events that are so overwhelming and threatening to life or sanity that a person cannot cope. The mind may switch off (dissociate) during the event or, at the very least, it will not be able to hold together the different elements of the event afterwards and ‘integrate’ them or join them together.
The way we respond to trauma is not a matter of choice – it is a biologically preprogrammed set of responses which happen in a predictable sequence. Here we look at the five ‘F’ responses to trauma.
There are many ways to describe dissociation, and we look here at dissociation as it pertains to dissociative identity disorder and trauma.
Dissociative identity disorder is a creative survival mechanism for coping with overwhelming and chronic childhood trauma.