Flashbacks and Nightmares – PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Ingrid’s experience of living with PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Dr Colin Ross: Cause of Multiple Personality Disorder (ie, Dissociative Identity Disorder)

Colin A. Ross, PhD is a psychiatrist who has worked extensively with Dissociative Identity Disorder and Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (formerly DDNOS), and he runs a trauma treatment center called the Ross Institute.

Here is a helpful video in which he explains what DID is, and why it is often diagnosed as schizophrenia by psychiatrists, and he goes into some reasons why the diagnosis is not well understand by them.

Here’s a few quotes explaining why DID (multiple personalities) and the Schizophrenia often get confused:

In 1910, Eugen Bleuler introduced the term Schizophrenia. This was one of the reasons 1903 through 1978 showed a dramatic decline in the number of reports of “multiple personality” after the diagnosis of Schizophrenia became popular, especially in the United States.

Starting in about 1927, there was a large increase in the number of reported cases of Schizophrenia, which was matched by an equally large decrease in the number of “multiple personality” reports. Bleuler also included “multiple personality” in his category of Schizophrenia. It was recognized in the 1980s that Dissociative Identity Disorder patients are often misdiagnosed as suffering from Schizophrenia and this is still the case now.” ISST-D, Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults, Third Revision (2011)

Video:
http://menawa.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/cause-of-multiple-personality-disorder-colin-ross/

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  • Practice saying “No” if you have to much to do already, or are already feel tired or ill
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