What can I do to get my dissociative identity disorder in better control?

The following can help control symptoms of dissociative identity disorder under control:

  • Know your triggers for dissociation, e.g. stress (for example certain noises, specific people or situations, certain places) or intense emotion (e.g. conflict, overstimulation, anger).
  • Learn coping techniques to deal with your triggers such as relaxation exercises, focusing, reality testing, mindfulness, distress tolerance, self-hypnosis, and/or emotional regulation.
  • Find a therapist experienced in dissociative disorders and work collaboratively with that person.
  • Use specific management techniques for different alters to ensure safety.
  • Get enough sleep. Avoid fatigue.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Exercise regularly and vigorously.
  • Structure your time. Make a daily written schedule for yourself.

Relapse is most likely to occur in situations that trigger memories of the childhood abuse or trauma. Examples include contact with the childhood abuser, having one's own child reach the age at which the patient was abused, sexual activity, or involvement in an abusive relationship. If you notice symptoms returning, call your therapist and reduce stress as much as possible for the time being.

People should discuss with their therapists when to call between sessions and how to manage emergencies.

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