Are Parts of Your Dissociative System Too Active at Night?

Many people with DID wake up to find that their parts have been active while they thought the were sleeping.  They weren’t sleeping; they were switching.  This means that their body (there is only one) wasn’t getting the benefits of sleep.  Poor sleep can make daytime harder.  You are on edge, you dissociate more andContinue reading “Are Parts of Your Dissociative System Too Active at Night?”

Why Your Nightcap Could Torpedo Your Expensive Trauma Therapy

It is pretty common for trauma survivors to look to alcohol to take the edge off at the end of a rough day.  Most days are challenging when you have DID.  Some days it feels like 5 pm by noon.  Or earlier. A small glass of wine or a single bottle of brew seems quiteContinue reading “Why Your Nightcap Could Torpedo Your Expensive Trauma Therapy”

Revenge Bedtime Procrastination: How it is Different for People With DID?

Question:   Why would anyone take revenge on themselves as trauma survivors? Answer:     They (incorrectly) think they are getting a reward. Revenge Bedtime procrastination is something that people without trauma histories do all the time.  Adults with DID aren’t alone with this one. It is when you have had a full day, withContinue reading “Revenge Bedtime Procrastination: How it is Different for People With DID?”

Three Common Sleep Issues for Trauma Survivors (and an effective treatment for nightmares!)

Trauma survivors with and without DID often have sleep-related problems.  They are so common, in fact, that it leaves many providers wondering if disordered sleep should be a component of the next DSM diagnostic criteria. I will leave that to the psychiatrists.  Today’s post is about sleep behaviors that scare adults with DID, and whyContinue reading “Three Common Sleep Issues for Trauma Survivors (and an effective treatment for nightmares!)”

How to Avoid Needing Medical and Dental Care When You Have DID

Most people really don’t enjoy being ill or injured.  For the people that do find being sick a good thing, this isn’t the blog site for you.  Google “Munchausen” and good luck to you. For everyone else, being hurt or feeling sick is miserable, and one of your strongest wishes is to stay out ofContinue reading “How to Avoid Needing Medical and Dental Care When You Have DID”

Could Getting Better Sleep Decrease Your Response to Trauma Triggers?

Well, we really don’t know for sure. What we do know is that sleep deprivation is, to put it technically, really bad for your brain. Bad in so many ways.  It negatively affects so many other organ systems as well.  But we do know that affects the brain in ways that make it easier toContinue reading “Could Getting Better Sleep Decrease Your Response to Trauma Triggers?”

Can You Ask Your Healthcare Provider To Adapt Their Treatments?

The short answer is “yes”. What you request, when you request it, and how you request it are important things to consider if you want to use adaptations successfully to reduce your fear, pain, and risk of being triggered. Not every treatment can be significantly adapted.  For example, injections still need to be injected.  ThereContinue reading “Can You Ask Your Healthcare Provider To Adapt Their Treatments?”

How Eating Disorders Affect Interoception and Keep You Trapped in Trauma Responses

Current trauma theories are recognizing the role of disordered eating as misdirected attempts at self-calming intolerable emotion. I couldn’t be happier.  Seeing disordered eating as a self-calming strategy that has become additive gives trauma survivors and therapists a chance to address these issues with more compassion and effectiveness. Disordered eating harms the body, and itContinue reading “How Eating Disorders Affect Interoception and Keep You Trapped in Trauma Responses”

What Does “Slack” Have To Do With Living With DID?

The concept of “slack” isn’t new.  It isn’t trending or hot either.  It comes more from behavioral economics than from psychiatry.  But it is a valuable concept for anyone seeking healthcare services if they have DID. WHY? Because creating slack in your appointments and in your self-care could prevent you from being triggered, help youContinue reading “What Does “Slack” Have To Do With Living With DID?”

Why Doesn’t Your Therapist Know How Difficult Healthcare Appointments Are For You?

Actually, they probably do.   But perhaps not all of them do. Dr. Bethany Brand, a leading trauma researcher, did a study almost 7 years ago.  The TOP DD study looked at what dissociative patients thought about their lives and their psychotherapy treatment, and what psychotherapists treating trauma survivors with dissociative disorders thought about treatmentContinue reading “Why Doesn’t Your Therapist Know How Difficult Healthcare Appointments Are For You?”