Treatment For Dissociative Disorder

Depending on the illness, dissociative disorders may require different treatments. However, the main form of therapy for dissociative disorders is psychotherapy. Additionally, the associated symptoms can be managed through antidepressants, anti-anxiety, or antipsychotic medication.

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Purpose of Dissociative Disorder Treatment

Dissociative disorders typically manifest as a result of being subjected to trauma over a long period, particularly in children who are exposed to long-term abuse. These disorders involve experiencing a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions, and identity. Symptoms can range from amnesia to alternate identities and triggers can exacerbate symptoms.

Dissociative disorder therapy includes several approaches such as psychotherapy and medication. Therapy helps people safely remember and process traumatic experiences, and, in the case of dissociative identity disorder, merge multiple identities into a functional individual. Treatment is vital for individuals to go on and lead productive lives and maintain healthy relationships. Dissociative episodes are treated with a variety of psychotherapies in an effort to reduce symptom recurrence and enhance coping mechanisms.

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Types of dissociative disorders we treat

Dissociative amnesia

Dissociative amnesia

A person with this disorder is unable to remember details about their personal history, past experiences, or relationships. It can be restricted to specific events such as warfare and in some cases, it can involve total loss of memory.

Dissociative fugue therapy

Dissociative fugue

People who have dissociative fugue momentarily lose their sense of self and abruptly leave their homes or places of employment. They may wander about in a state of confusion and even create new identities.

Depersonalisation disorder therapy

Depersonalisation disorder

This disorder occurs when a person experiences the sensation that they are watching themselves from outside their body. They may also believe that the world is not real and they feel numb emotionally and physically.

Dissociative identity disorder therapy

Dissociative identity disorder

Because of stigma and shame, dissociative identity disorder (DID) is frequently concealed on purpose. Fragmented aspects of an individual’s personality are not connected to past trauma resulting in the development of different identities that are sporadically assumed either consciously or subconsciously.

Your Local Psychiatrist advantages and experience in dissociative disorders treatment

The Your Local Psychiatrist NYC team of psychotherapists assist patients in overcoming the trauma that may have contributed to the emergence of this disorder to improve their ability to cope. Dissociative disorder treatment helps people learn techniques to control their emotions, and and deal with associated stress and symptoms. Combined psychotherapy methods and medication for depression or anxiety offers an effective treatment approach.

  • Board Certified and highly experienced providers
  • Individual approach to patients
  • Easy-to-access online psychiatry and psychotherapy services
  • Electronic prescriptions
  • Portal access to your providers and appointments
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Dissociative disorders treatment methodology

Treatment for dissociative disorder is designed to directly target the underlying beliefs, patterns, and causes of a patient’s type of disorder. 

Psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) work for the patient to understand the causes of their condition, learn and practice techniques to cope with challenging and stressful situations, and confront past traumatic experiences. By disrupting and changing dysfunctional thinking patterns, individuals are better equipped to manage their symptoms and live gratifying lives.

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FAQs about treatment

FAQs about dissociative disorder treatment

Can dissociative disorder therapy be done remotely?

Individuals with a dissociative disorder are able to develop a therapeutic relationship with a therapist online. Patients receive short or long-term high-quality assistance and counseling that can enhance coping and accelerate self-discovery.

What can dissociative disorders lead to if not treated?

Dissociative disorders can last a lifetime without treatment. Stress, substance abuse, and other types of triggers can worsen symptoms and present life difficulties that are harmful to the person and their family.

How to choose a dissociative disorder therapist?

It is important to find a therapist who understands dissociative disorders. Speak to a trusted doctor for a referral or consider mental health clinics that offer specific treatment for dissociative disorders.

How long does it take to achieve results from dissociative disorder therapy?

Individual psychotherapy is a fundamental part of treatment, and the patient’s age, condition, and symptoms typically determine length of treatment. Progress is monitored throughout to review when treatment can end.

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