There are times when you may escape reality through reading a book or watching a movie. Dissociative disorder, however, is a broad term that refers to a form of mental illness where you escape reality in ways that are involuntary and unhealthy.
The word dissociation means the state of being separated or the act of separating. In psychology or psychiatry, dissociation is used to mean a mental response that diverts your consciousness away from traumatic or painful associations. In other words, dissociation is escaping painful associations of reality by going to another real or imaginary place. This may involve paralysis, shock, numbing, loss of speech or even loss of consciousness.
Dissociative disorder is a mental illness that is marked by an interruption of or a dissociation from the fundamental aspects of your waking consciousness. This involves things like your personal history or personal identity. This dissociation is thought to be a coping mechanism by which you literally dissociate yourself from some kind of experience or situation that is so traumatic that you are not able to integrate it with your conscious self.
Dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder, is one of the four primary types of dissociative disorder. The other three are dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue and depersonalization disorder.
Dissociative identity disorder is a disturbance of your identity where your behavior at various times is controlled by two or more separate and distinct personality identities or states. When you are being controlled by one identity, you probably will not remember things that happened while another personality was in control.
These different personalities are referred to as alters. These alters may have differences in mannerisms, thoughts, attitudes, gender orientation, speech and physical qualities like being left-or-right handed or needing prescriptions for glasses.
There are several signs and symptoms that you may have with dissociative identity disorder. These include:
§ Having two or more distinct or split personalities that have power over your behavior
§ Having highly distinct memory variations
§ An inability to remember key personal information
§ Phobias, anxiety and panic attacks
§ Rituals and compulsion
§ Mood swings
§ Drug and alcohol abuse
§ Sleep disorders including night terrors, sleepwalking and insomnia
§ Eating disorders
§ Time loss
§ Suicidal tendencies
§ Psychotic symptoms that include visual and auditory hallucinations
§ Out of body experiences
You or a loved one may have dissociative identity disorder. This disorder and/or complications resulting from it may be why you are disabled and need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may have turned to the Social Security Administration for financial help by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by dissociative identity disorder and/or complications resulting from this condition. Were you or your loved one denied?
If you or your loved one appeals the denial by the Social Security Administration, consider this. People represented by a disability lawyer like the one at Social Security Home are approved more often than people without a disability attorney.
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