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DISSOCIATIVE DISORDER

What is Dissociative Disorder?

The three types of dissociative disorders are:

  1. Dissociative identity disorder
  2. Dissociative amnesia
  3. Depersonalization / derealization disorder

Research indicates that those affected have been exposed to repeated or prolonged trauma associated with severe neglect, physical, and/or sexual abuse.

Dr. Michael Dadson (Mike Dadson)

How does Dr. Dadson approach dissociative disorder counselling?

Dr. Michael Dadson (Mike Dadson), has significant experience dealing with dissociative identity disorder (DID). Problems with identity, memory, emotion, and behaviour are associated with dissociative disorders. DID, formerly referred to as ‘multiple personality disorder,’ is characterized by the presence of two or more personalities. Individuals living with DID are unaware of the other personalities and are often unaware or don’t recall what happens when another personality is active.

Dr. Mike Dadson states: “Research indicates that those affected have been exposed to repeated or prolonged trauma associated with severe neglect, physical, and/or sexual abuse”. Personalities develop to deal with emotional and or physical pain. Those affected by DID are at high risk of addictions, suicide, and self-injury.

What are common treatments for dissociative disorder?

Common treatments include medications, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnosis. Therapy aims to integrate the various parts of identity to help those affected overcome the dissociative process. Dr. Mike Dadson understands that “recalling past experiences can be painful and difficult.” Dr. Dadson also notes, “Research indicates that, with therapy, individuals respond positively to counselling and achieve success in their ability to function and live more productive lives.”

A wide range of therapies is used for dissociative disorders.

Through your counselling session, Dr. Dadson will help you to understand the causes of the condition and work to instill coping mechanisms and other strategies to live a better quality of life.

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