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Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative disorders involve an individual escaping reality in a way that is both unhealthy and involuntary meaning that the individual does not purposely delve into a fantasy world and has no control over their situation. Symptoms of dissociative disorders include amnesia and alternate identities such as Multiple Personality Disorder. Such identities usually develop in reaction to a person suffering serious trauma or abuse.

Treatment for dissociative disorders may include psychotherapy, hypnosis and medication to treat the conditions of the disorder. Many people who suffer from dissociative disorders find new ways to cope with their trauma, the disorder and the symptoms so that they can lead productive and healthy lives despite the dissociative disorder.

Various types of therapy may be provided at rehab centers that treat mental illness and dissociative disorders. The primary treatment for dissociative disorders is psychotherapy which includes talk therapy, counseling and psychosocial therapy. These types of therapy for dissociative disorders allow the individual with the disorder to talk about the problem and the related issues to a mental health provider such as a psychiatrist or a therapist. The therapist will help the individual suffering from the dissociative disorder to learn how to cope with the stressful circumstances that surround the disorder.

Additional treatments for dissociative disorders include creative art therapy, cognitive therapy, medication and hypnosis. Depending on the severity of the dissociative disorder, doctors may prescribe antidepressants, anti anxiety medications or even tranquilizers to treat some of the symptoms of dissociative disorders. If you or someone you know suffers from a dissociative disorder, there is help available to treat the symptoms and complications of these disorders.

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