A Great Problem, Misdiagnosed
Dissociation, is a psychologicaldisorder which usually manifests as one's reaction to certaintraumatic experiences which took place during childhood, or haverepeated several times in a person's life. These traumas trigger adefense system known as dissociation, making people change theiridentities, memory and their levels of consciousness.
This disorder was considered to be veryrare in the past. Nevertheless, recent researches have revealed thatmany people who are suffering from dissociation, throughdepersonalization and/or dissociative identity disorders, have beenmisdiagnosed and treated for depression, drug or alcohol abuse, angermanagement or some other behavioral problems. Therefore, their sourceof the problem never gets treated. Rather, the symptoms of it do,with little or no avail.
Those who suffer from dissociationusually complain about headaches, aches of different kinds, memoryissues etc. So, many times, they are diagnosed wrongly and treatedwrongly, making things worse. In order to diagnose one withdissociation, you need to know all about the symptoms and causes ofthis disorder. Also, you need to be aware of possible, effective,treatments.
Causes of Dissociation
Abuse is one of the most commontriggers of dissociation. It may be physical, sexual or mental,experienced at home, school, work or some other places. Additionally,people who have survived wars, being taken hostage, went through holocausts,natural disasters and other such terrible occasions are known todevelop dissociation afterwards. Excessive violence can make peoplefeel estranged from themselves and the world around them, especiallyif they lose a loved one in the process.
Still, people who suffer fromdissociation are commonly misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder,attention deficit disorder, eating disorder, alcohol or drug abuse oranxiety. Doctors rarely take the past traumatic experiences of thesepeople into consideration and this is a big mistake. The symptoms maybe the same, but the causes of dissociation are always specific andrequire to be looked into further.
Symptoms of Dissociation
People who suffer from this problemusually experience anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsivebehavioral patterns or memory issues. Even these may seem likeseparate disorders, a more detailed analysis is necessary for aproper diagnosis.
Moreover, there are people withdissociation disorder who appear to be functioning very well on theoutside, being successful at work or school, feeling miserable deepinside. In the long run, this can lead to self hatred, loss ofself-esteem and suicidal tendencies. Thus, proper treatment needs tobe put to action as soon as possible and the dissociation itselfneeds to be diagnosed timely.
Psychotherapy is one of the best waysof helping people with dissociation. Alternatively, they may betreated with medications. Also, recently people have started forminggroups for helping others who suffer from dissociation. So, byentering such a community, you might get all the treatment you need.