Navigating Healthcare With DID
Trauma survivors with dissociative disorders often find that making an appointment, dealing with healthcare providers, and handling treatment… can be a lot to handle. Medical and dental professionals aren’t sure how to help, and psychotherapists don’t know enough about physical procedures to recommend different treatments and procedures.
It is time for all of this to change….
Learn how to “stay in the room” when you have DID
This site is for…
Trauma Survivors With DID/OSDD/Dissociative PTSD
Adults with structural dissociation or dissociative PTSD know that they need medical and dental care. They don’t know how to manage the fractured and sometimes inhospitable healthcare system, or deal with the fear, avoidance, and increasing dissociation that getting treatment can produce. Taking good care of their bodies at home is often just as hard. Making enough progress in psychotherapy can take a while. Illness and injury can happen without warning. Trauma survivors deserve better. This site is for them!
Experienced trauma therapists are rarely licensed healthcare providers. Their training doesn’t include the ability to adapt treatment procedures to decrease dissociation and stress. Therapists new to working with survivors of trauma may not realize how structural dissociation impacts day-to-day living, and in particular how it affects their client’s ability to handle self-care and healthcare appointments.
Basic trauma-informed care (TIC) isn’t enough to help adults with DID and other dissociative disorders. In fact, some of the standard TIC procedures, such as asking a patient to fill out the ACEs questionnaire, can trigger flashbacks or deepen dissociation. Because stigma and misinformation about dissociative disorders are rampant online and in healthcare facilities, it isn’t easy for compassionate providers to learn how to best support adults with DID/OSDD/dissociative PTSD during medical and dental treatments.
This site is exclusively educational in nature; it is not a substitute for skilled therapy.
If you are seeking treatment for a dissociative disorder, please visit the ISST-D website and search for a skilled provider.