Our expert says:
Sorry to disagree with some aspects of the diagnosis you seem to have been given. DID remains a very deply controversial diagnosis, which has in many cases been made without sufficient basis, and with very poor results from treatments which usually make the situation worse. In America, there has been in recent decades a whole epidemic of misdiagnosis of DID ( formerly MPD ) resulting from misdiagnosis by naive and obsessed "therapists", and treatments that were often disasterous. Several million-dollar court cases are wending their ways through the courts as a result, and some of the most formerly celebrated "specialists" in DID have had their licenses to practice taken away, and or had to pay large settlements.
I very greatly doubt the suggestion that anxiety and depression are "all only symptoms of dissociation", as there's no good evidence for such a point of view. Quite the reverse, dissociative symptoms, to the extent that they are naturally occurring, usually arise as part of a primary depressive or anxiety disorder, and respond best to expert treament of anxiety and/or depression.
Quite the worst thing that can happen to someone who may have dissociativ symptoms ( among others ) is for them to come under the care of someone with a very special interest in DID and dissociation ( such practitioners often see nothing else ) --- people usually do much better seeing a level-headed general shrink with a broad range of interests and treatment methods.
Among the treatments which can make DID much worse, are hypnotherapy, becoming involved in groups with other patients in whom DID has also been diagnosed, visualization and regression therapy, or any method that claims to help them recover memories of earlier trauma and presumes that there will be some such trauma to recover. If a "therapist" ignores your whole range of symptoms, and fails to concentrate on practical ways to deal with them in the here and now, I'd be woried. If a 'therapist" starts talking about "alters" and "personaliies", and tries to label and name each different aspect of how you happen to feel a different times, and asks to speak to parts of your personality --- I'd be very concerned.
Th best outcomes seem to come from seeing a well-rounded and sceptical shrink, who will treat you as a whole, rather than as a hole.
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