Managing flashbacks in Dissociative Identity Disorder

One aspect of DID is the PTSD suffered by some of the alters. PTSD is similar to Panic Attacks in that once turned on, the anxiety is fed into a vicious cycle. Http://

One aspect of DID is the PTSD suffered by some of the alters. PTSD is similar to Panic Attacks in that once turned on, the anxiety is fed into a vicious cycle – psychiatrist David Yeung

Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) is caused by overwhelming early life trauma, so knowing how to manage dealing with the flashbacks present in Post-traumatic stress disorder is important.

Psychiatrist Dr David Yeung offers useful ideas on managing flashbacks using  physical movement or sensations in his blog.

Read his article Grounding exercises and working with flashbacks.

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Physical symptoms of Dissociative Disorders: Somatoform symptoms & SDQ-20

Did you know that physical symptoms and unusual body experiences or sensations are very common in people with PTSD and dissociative disorders?

Somatic symptoms: Babette Rothschild quote

These physical symptoms are known as “somatoform” symptoms and can be assessed with a simple questionnaire. The Somatic Disorders Questionnaire known as the SDQ-20 does this, and gets a mention in the DID & OSDD treatment guidelines because these physical symptoms are very common within dissociative disorders in comparison to other psychiatric conditions. A high number of symptoms significantly are typical in people with physical and sexual trauma histories alongside a psychiatric diagnosis, with those people with DID having the highest scores.
Could some of your physical symptoms be the result of the dissociation of trauma into the body, as Babette Rothschild discussed in “The Body Remembers”? How many do people with schizophrenia and a trauma history score in relation to those with complex dissociative disorders?

This new page explains more about the SDQ-20 and links to a simple questionnaire in multiple languages.

So the physical impacts of trauma for me have been numerous, and debilitating.  But the good news is that things have improved.  Pain is still my number one symptom and the most difficult part of my life to come to terms with.  But as therapy has progressed, my body is recovering just as my mind is.  I have been learning to manage my pain better: through diet, through exercise, through mood, through self-care, through rest, through appropriate medication and most recently through a TENS machine.  I recently estimated that my pain levels are 70% lower than they used to be.  There is hope.” from It’s a pain: the physical impact of trauma By Carolyn Spring

Can Complex PTSD Be Cured?

Can Complex PTSD be fully cured? How long does it take to even reach stability?

Dr. Kathleen Young: Treating Trauma in Tucson

Recently a reader asked a version of this question in response to my post about Complex PTSD:

…I have been told by many doctors, therapists, psychitrists, and psychologists that I will always have PTSD. I have only found one person willing to help with complex ptsd. I am starting to feel angry that I have to live with the consiquences of someones distructive behaviors. I am starting to feel like their is little hope of ever having this cptsd to stop.

I would like to know the length of therapy that is expected for Cptsd.
I wish I could feel normal again and not relieve tramatic events, have issues with relationships, abandoment issues, and mental health issues….

My short answer to this question of cure is a resounding “Yes!”

My longer answer involves first mentioning that I am not a fan of the word “cure”, as I feel it…

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Stress relieving tips and quotes for the Holiday Season

5 tips for reducing holiday stress

  • Plan ahead, and plan time for relaxing quietly
  • Practice saying “No” if you have to much to do already, or are already feel tired or ill
  • Spend time outdoors, stretch your legs with some gentle exercise and fresh air
  • Remember to take care of yourself, and do things for yourself, not just for others
  • Try practicing mindfulness, which can help with traumatic memories

The Science of Mindfulness (Oxford University)

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.
Lily Tomlin

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering
Pooh’s little Instruction Book

What is your favorite way to relieve stress and relax?

Read more stress-relieving quotes…