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