What It’s Like To Be A Significant Other Of Someone With Dissociative Identity Disorder

 

 

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My partner was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder. A mental disorder that can affect one’s personality and his association with other people – that’s D.I.D. In this situation, I then became the so-called “significant other.”

 

In the past, information on the said condition was quite limited, that is why I had to sort it out and find ways of dealing with it. In my 25 years of coping with someone suffering from DID, I learned many things.

 

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As A Significant Other Of Someone With DID, You Have Many Questions.

Because of my experience, many spouses who are in the same boat as I am would like to know how I survived and lived with it. Well, I am urging you to ask me those questions, and I would try my best to provide the answers. However, it is also imperative to learn as much as you can about DID. Check official websites or from public libraries. As much as possible, I always tell him the truth.  Leah K. Barison, LPCC says “By nature of telling a lie, you are keeping a secret.”

 

We Get Very Lonely, And That’s A Fact Because Of His Disorder.

Because of my partner’s somewhat eccentric behavior, we get a lot of complaints. There are times wherein I feel so isolated from others. Our friends would avoid us and even make excuses for them to stay away. Of course, we get very lonely. However, I discovered that dealing with this all alone will worsen the situation. I began opening up to my loved ones, and let other people know how we feel. We also have a once-a-week meeting with a counselor.

I also came across an article online wherein Alicia H. Clark, PsyD said “It’s easy to fear that you are behind in some life race, and will never catch up to your friends, but nothing can ruin your intrinsic motivation faster than comparing yourself to others.”

 

I Love Him, And That’s Why I Choose To Stay Despite His DID.

We are still a typical couple despite my partner’s condition. Like imperfect human beings in love, we argue and squabble. We sometimes say words we don’t even mean and end up hurting each other. In my case, it is so easy to leave him, and one of the main reasons is his disorder. But I wouldn’t dream of it. We stayed because we love each other. Love conquers all, right? It can even overcome DID. Seriously. However, there are times when I wanted to be alone for a little while. I learned from Kevin Gilliland, PsyD that “There is a difference between time alone and isolation.”

 

He Is Not Dangerous; Not All People With DID Are Killers Or Criminals.

Sometimes, media wrongly sensationalizes how people with mental disorders act, in general. They make the person with such conditions look dangerous and harmful to others. But the truth is, these patients are not a harm to others. They need understanding and compassion from the people around them for them to move as frequently as possible in the society.

 

I suggest that you keep your hearts open and try to understand the severe situation. Most of the people with DID are just victims of wrongdoings from their childhood. They don’t need your disdain and your judgment. These people want to be understood and accepted.

 

 

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Living With A Person Who Has DID IS Not All Bad.

Despite his condition, my husband is very productive. He learns things, applies them and creates something worthwhile. When he starts a particular project, he will accomplish it. He has lots of skills and knows how to work on many different things especially in the arts. He can be very prolific in his own pace. My husband is also not financially dependent on me. He even takes care of our rent.

 

Dissociative Identity Disorder is a disorder that can be surpassed by acceptance and compromise. It will be hard at first, but love will guide you through the circumstances. Listen to your instincts and since you know your partner well, eliminate your doubts. If you are getting help from a professional for the condition, then it’s one less issue solved. But remember, you are your partner’s best doctor.

My Partner/Spouse Has Dissociative Identity Disorder – What Can I Do?

 

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Living with someone diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder can be pretty challenging. Aside from the odd behavior, you won’t feel completely safe around your loved one, and that’s the truth. No one can tell what’s going on in your loved one’s mind and that makes the person completely unpredictable.

 

However, if this special someone is indispensable in your life, then you cannot just get away or ignore the person forever. It is your duty to help him or her cope with that condition. With this, you should learn how to deal and live with your loved one.

 

Below are some tips on how to do it while keeping your sanity intact:

 

Gain An Understanding of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Being knowledgeable about Dissociative Identity Disorder is your best weapon in dealing with it. You need to understand everything about the condition. By learning how DID progresses, you will know what to do when an “episode” takes place, and how to avoid adverse outcomes.

 

Details about this condition are obtainable through the internet, mental health books of the latest editions, and a psychiatrist, upon consultation.

 

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Provide Reassurance To Your Loved One That Even With His DID, You Will Still Love And Accept Him.

Assuring your loved one that you are by his or her side no matter what will make the person feel secure. It can’t be helped that people with DID would get some bad treatment from other people. The stigma is disheartening. This situation will make your loved one feel insecure and even unworthy.

 

If this thought comes in often, it can trigger or even further deepen the development of the condition. But doing otherwise, it will help the person stabilize his or her emotions.

 

Talk Openly With Your Partner/Spouse.

Communication always helps, especially for people with DID. However, during your conversation, you need to be careful and yet honest at the same time. Be sure that your loved one will receive the message well by using non-offensive words so that it won’t trigger a shift in identities.

 

Be Respectful.

In short, you need to be respectful to your partner or spouse, and his alter egos to avoid complications. Choose your words well and think first before you say something. Your words and actions can have an impact on him and “them.”

 

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Connect With All The “Personalities.”

Get to know the person not just from the outside, but the “multiple insides” as well. It will also help you ascertain how you can treat them without tripping into factors that can trigger an adverse effect.

 

Be Ready For Irregularities.

One characteristic of people with DID is that they can be very inconsistent. In such case, you need to be ready for it. Take note of everything the patient tells you and be observant.

 

Talk About Fun Or Love-Filled Memories.

During your talks, you can casually mention those fun and loving memories together. This act will lighten your loved one’s mood since remembering something good can always bring an incredible feeling. It will help your loved one feel sheltered and at ease.

 

Be Careful About Physical Touch.

Physical abuse is one of the standard causes of DID. That is why it is not a wonder if people with the said disorder find themselves uncomfortable with physical touch or contact. Note on this and be very careful. Know your loved one’s view on being touched. If he or she finds it troubling, then respect your loved one’s feelings.

 

Patience Is A Virtue, Especially When It Comes To Sexual Intimacy.

If your partner or spouse has a DID, then know his or her views on sexual intimacy. If your loved one is not ready to be intimate or is uncomfortable with sex, you have to slow down. Be patient with him or her and don’t push it. Doing so can either trigger some negative or violent emotions or further deepen his or her trauma. This is true for people who experienced sexual abuse.

 

Have Fun With Your Partner.

Despite the condition, bear in mind that you love this person. Treat him or her the usual way and do things that you both enjoy doing together. It will ease the person’s mind off the condition and help your loved one feel alive again.

 

Here are some tips that you can use from therapists:

  • Mara Hirschfeld, LMFT: “We can think of boundaries as a personal rulebook that informs others how to treat us, and specifically what is and isn’t OK.”
  • Meredith Janson, MA, LPC: “It’s important to understand your partner’s reservations.”
  • Mirel Goldstein, MS, MA, LPC: “I would recommend that couples share something vulnerable with each other each day because couples who stop being vulnerable and “play it safe” can find themselves feeling more and more distant from each other as time goes on and daily responsibilities compete with relationship needs.”

 

People with Dissociative Identity Disorder are difficult to handle. But if you are sincere with them and change up your approach according to personality, you will eventually get your loved one back.

Misconceptions About Dissociative Identity Disorder: Understanding Your Spouse With “Multiple” Issues Part 1 

Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID is one of the less researched illnesses in neurosciences. It is usually misdiagnosed or even taken for granted. It may be because of its rarity since its occurrence is statistically very low. But still, this mental health issue can develop on anyone. Your loved one or spouse can be suffering from DID, and with that, you need to know specific facts. 

 

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Misconceptions About Dissociative Identity Disorder: Understanding Your Spouse With “Multiple” Issues Part 2 

This article is a continuation of an earlier writeup in this site titled Misconceptions About Dissociative Identity Disorder: Understanding Your Spouse With “Multiple” Issues Part 1. If you haven’t read part one, it would be best to start there before divulging on this one. It will clear up several ideas and thoughts in your head and can be helpful in the future.  

 

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Additional 13 Things Your Spouse With Dissociative Identity Disorder Wants You To Know

 

  

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The title says “additional” because the previous article featured on this site discussed the 13 Things Your Spouse With Dissociative Identity Disorder Wants You To Know. If you haven’t read that yet, please go to that page first before you continue with this one. This article is a part two and is best grasped when you’ve read the first one.

 

Anyway, moving on and as promised, here are 13 more things your spouse with DID needs for you to understand. They too want to have a relationship with you, but their disorder is a mess. If you can take in as to why they are acting strange, you may have a loving married life.

 

Some Factors Can Cause the Switch.

Certain factors can push the switch from one personality to another. Once this factor is identified by the mind, there will be an automatic switch of identities.

 

They Cannot Avoid The Switch Triggers.

Most of the time, the person cannot avoid the factors that trigger the switch. One of the reasons for that is memory loss.

 

It’s Often A Subtle Switch.

There are times when the switch takes place without anyone noticing it. It is so subtle that the transition will shock other people. For example, the boisterous alter will come out when the shy identity can’t cope. It will be a strange moment for others.

 

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Other Mental Conditions May Develop.

Dissociative Identity Disorder is related to the development of other mental health issues. People with DID will have a particular perception of themselves due to the reaction of individuals in their environment which can cause depression, anxiety, stress, and more.

 

No Specific Medication Or Treatment For DID.

There is no specific drug for DID, but there are medications that can help minimize the symptoms.

 

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Psychotherapy Treatment Is Required.

There is only one solution to DID, and that is going through psychotherapy treatment. This treatment is rather expensive compared to other therapies but produces necessary action. Katrina Taylor, LMFT, said that you can get this benefit from going to therapy: “You might discover why you do all sorts of things today—why you say yes to things you don’t want to do, why you sabotage your performance when you can actually succeed, why you dwell on the negative.”

 

The Point Of Therapy Is Fusing Into One Identity.

The primary objective of psychotherapy is to capsulize all the identities into one to avoid further confusion and inconvenience on the part of the patient.

 

Pleasing All The Identities Is Difficult.

People with DID struggle to satisfy each of their identities. They need contentment to be able to have a satisfied life. When one of the personalities is not happy, then it causes a problem. “When pleasing others is based in fear of being unloved, it can become habitual and unhealthy.” according to Micki Fine, MEd, LPC.

 

Living With DID Stigma Gets Lonely.

A person with DID can live a healthy life. However, once people around him get to know about the condition, everything will change. It can be very lonely and can also trigger switches and other issues.

 

The Switch Is A Way To Get Over The Trauma.

Having DID means suffering from memory loss and manifesting multiple personalities. It helps the person forget the traumatic experience. It becomes his release, and a means to relax. “Being in touch with those feelings is what allows us to do something different in our lives,” says Katrina Taylor, LMFT.

 

It Is Not About Changing Your Ways And Free Will.

Changing your ways and having DID are two different things. Switching personalities because of DID is unintentional on the person’s part, which is why it’s not about free will.

 

DID, As An Illness, Doesn’t Define A Person.

Just because a person has Dissociative Identity Disorder, he is less of a human being. This disorder will not define the individual. It may be a part of him, but it is not his only mark in this world.

 

Live With The Disorder.

People with DID can live semi-normal lives. Their loved ones need to adjust and understand the situation at all times.

 

Dissociative Identity Disorder may be an illness, but once the person and the people around him get educated on DID, life becomes manageable. A person with DID needs love, acceptance, and understanding. If your spouse has DID, for better or for worse, you have to accept that fact.

13 Things Your Spouse With Dissociative Identity Disorder Wants You To Know

 

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DID or Dissociative Identity Disorder is a mental health illness characterized by a person having more than one identity. People with the said disorder experience trouble in sorting out their emotions and self-perception. They also experience memory loss and split behavior.

 

Having this condition is never easy. It can affect everything in a person’s life – his relationships, career, and everyday function. That is why individuals with DID wish for other people’s infinite consideration. With this, there are things you need to know to further understand people with this mental health disorder. If your spouse has DID, please read this article.

 

They Have More Than One Identity.

People with DID have multiple personalities. Each personality has its character, preferences, memories and even a voice tone. Each identity takes place one at a time. You have to understand that.

 

Anyone Can Suffer From DID.

 

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Everyone and anyone is at risk of suffering from the disorder. But this mental health issue is prone to people who experienced trauma during their childhood.

 

They Utilize Pronouns Like US, WE And OUR.

The present identity acknowledges all the other personalities and even treats it as a real person; possibly a friend.

 

Each Identity Has Unique Traits.

Each personality or identity of the person with DID has his own unique set of characteristics among alters. These identities are entirely different from one another.

 

They Are Unable To Determine Their True Identity.

Since there are many different personalities within a person troubled by dissociative identity disorder, he is often confused. The person has trouble determining his real identity.

 

Isolation Worsens The Situation.

Because of DID, individuals with the said disorder will seem odd to other people’s eyes. They tend to shy away and isolate themselves. Isolation will not help as it will only worsen the situation.

 

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Late Diagnosis Is A Problem.

Discovery of this disorder on a person can happen during adulthood. If misdiagnosed or taken for granted, it will be too late to treat adequately. The person can be branded as “crazy” for acting strange when his personalities change.

 

Misdiagnosis Is A Bigger Problem.

Symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder are quite similar to some mental health illnesses. It is the reason why it is often misdiagnosed. It must be corrected before one of the personalities creates a big problem.

 

Not All People With DID Are Violent.

The movies are misleading. Not all people with DID are violent, but there are some documented cases though. It is possible, but not generally common.

According to Gunnur Karakurt, LMFT, “Intimate partner violence (IPV) has serious effects on human well-being, and prevention of IPV is an important public health concern.”

 

They Are Not Aware That Alters Exist As They Believe It’s A Different Person.

Each of the identities has no knowledge that another exists within. They believe that the “alters” are real and are different people living among them. Thus, the person experiences memory gap.

 

The Identities Are Looking From The Outside.

When a specific personality takes control of the body, it’s like that person is out of the body witnessing the scenario from a distance.

 

Multiple Identities Can Take Place At Once.

There are times when more than one identity will fight for the control of the person’s mind. It happens a lot to some who are not under therapy. Jason B. Whiting, PhD, LMFT said “Being controlled and hurt is traumatizing, and this leads to confusion, doubts, and even self-blame.”

 

 

Some Identities Work Together To Solve Problems While At Times, They’re In Conflict.

There are times wherein identities work together to solve personal issues. They can work together in unison, but there are also times wherein they oppose one another. It will then make things more difficult.

 

Here are just 13 things that your spouse with DID “wants” you to know about him. If you get the idea, it’s not the literal meaning. It’s more of the need to be understood as to what the disorder can do to them and affect their behavior and personality.

 

On the next article, there will be 13 more things to discuss. It is in the hope of this article’s writer to impart knowledge to you so that you’ll know how to handle your spouse with DID. You have to let your husband know about these beautiful words from Erin Mendoza, PsyD: “Self-compassion is not tough love or false hope, but connecting the pain with understanding, curiosity, and a sincere wish for relief based in kindness and love rather than criticism and disgust.”

Understanding The Struggles Of Having Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a rare mental disorder that occurs at any age. A person with DID develops alternate personalities. Changing its name from multiple personality disorder reflected a better understanding of the condition. The person affected by this disorder may be aware or unaware of the changes happening to him or her.

DID is part of a larger group of mental disorders referred to as dissociative disorders. These disorders typically mess up or break down a person’s memory, understanding of oneself, or consciousness of the things around them.

People with DID often struggle with their social life. They usually become unaware or confused about the events that take place around them. Other people lose their memory of events. DID makes it difficult for most people with this condition to carry out daily tasks.

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The Struggles

Some of the struggles people with this condition face include the following:

  • They become incapable of organizing their daily activities.
  • They would prefer to remain isolated from everyone else.
  • They lose their sense of self and identity, contributing to feeling broken.
  • They believe that a different entity controls their lives.
  • They have gaps in their memories.

The struggles listed above are difficult to overcome. Some stories of those who deal with the disorder include feeling, seeing, and understanding the world with different perceptions. They would often turn into their other selves, and these would often take up a different name, personality, interest, and character. The experience is like knowing two or more very different people sharing a single body. Usually, it is difficult for those with this condition to maintain relationships with their partners, friends, and colleagues.

The Trigger

The best way to treat a disorder is to prevent it. However, for DID, the cause is yet to be positively established. Some have reported it comes from physical and sexual abuse, especially during the patient’s childhood. Other events, such as accidents, war, and natural disasters, also have a connection to this disorder. Other studies have also linked DID with early losses such as those of a close relative. DID may frequently occur among young children who are still starting to develop their sense of self.

You also need to learn what Rebecca Frank MA, LPCC, NCC has to say about this: “When we can start linking the triggers to the emotions we can control our situations a little better.”

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The Risks And Challenges

Individuals with this disorder often risk exposing themselves to the following activities:

  • They turn to abuse of substances such as alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.
  • They develop anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses.
  • They struggle with sexual functions.
  • They start to experience headaches or pains in most parts of their bodies.
  • They engage in self-injurious activities.
  • They develop suicidal tendencies.

Erin Pawlak, MS, LPCC said “Having suicidal thoughts is difficult but manageable.” According to Arvin, LPCC, “Suicide is the second leading cause of death nationwide among those aged 18-24.”

Treatment

In treating DID, most therapists engage their patients in groups to help them foster better relationships with other people. They often use psychotherapy as the main component for treatment. Some also consider the use of dialectical behavior therapy, which involves emphasis on mindfulness and helps better soothe the patients. Medication mainly helps control the development of other mental illnesses, such as depression or anxiety.

Dissociative identity disorder is a difficult mental disorder to understand and overcome. Make sure to watch out and take care of your loved ones suffering from this condition. If your loved one is suffering from this disorder, remember to extend your patience at all times. According to Andrew Rose, LPC, MA,  “People need to feel secure in their relationship to get the value of coupling. Security is built through rupture and repair.”

Dissociative Identity Disorder Versus Schizophrenia

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There is often a thin line in distinguishing mental health disorders, particularly schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder (DID). According to Dr. Robert T. Muller, a trauma therapy specialist and a psychology professor at York University in Toronto, most people confuse these two because both disorders lack the sense of reality. But how can laypeople quickly tell which is which?

Symptoms

For a professional to fully confirm that an individual has schizophrenia, he or she must display at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Hallucinations. Someone might hear, see, or smell things that no else can.
  • Abnormal emotional reactions. Individuals with schizophrenia rarely show emotions upon receiving good or bad news. At the same time, they are not capable of interacting with other people for a long time.
  • Disorganized speech. Some people display disorganized speech in various ways. These include repeating the same words, mentioning meaningless rhymes, uttering gibberish, or jumping from one topic to another without finishing a conversation.
  • Delusions. Delusions include fake or false beliefs. For example, a person might repeatedly say that someone is spying on him at all times, even if there is none. He might also say that an entity from another planet is trying to talk to him through his walkie talkie.
  • Catatonic behavior. It refers to the unresponsive behavior of an individual even if he or she is awake.

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People with DID, on the other hand, experience an alter in their reality. However, instead of displaying hallucinations or delusions, an alter checks out, and a different personality appears in their place. Moreover, those with DID are also systematic and responsive. In contrast, a person with schizophrenia displays catatonic behavior.

“When you’re working with someone with DID, if you have only seen them in one personality, you will be utterly and completely shocked when you see the person function in a different personality… It’s as if the person has gotten possessed by somebody else. But of course, that’s not the case—it’s that their internal personality organization is different depending on different functions that they have in their life,” Muller shared.

Causes

Up to now, experts still have not determined the leading cause of schizophrenia. Some link it to genetics while others say that it is because of exposure to viruses during their mother’s pregnancy. DID, on the other hand, are known to develop due to an extremely traumatic event. It can be memories of physical abuse, military combat, or death of a family member.

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Treatment Options

Schizophrenia often gets treated through outdoor and community-based activities rather than getting sent to hospitals. For example, it is more effective to expose them to fresh air, live in an open community, or exercise regularly. Social work can also help them address their mental health disorder. Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD said “Mindfulness meditation practices are effective interventions, and sometimes for mild to moderate conditions—depression and anxiety.”

On the other hand, DID banks more on psychotherapy. Since it is on the same spectrum as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), people with DID respond more to therapy. It involves digging deep into the past to pinpoint the specific traumatic event that led to their condition. From here, therapists ask them to face whatever these triggers are and move on from it.

There is still an ongoing stigma on mental health disorders. This stigma led the people to believe that every sickness is the same; however, this is not the case. Schizophrenia and DID are proof of that.

According to Nicole Poell, PsyD, “Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in order to move toward chosen values.”

How Child Abuse Leads To Dissociative Identity Disorder

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The condition of having multiple personalities, now called dissociative identity disorder or DID, is a widely misunderstood condition. Media portrayals of DID usually show patients as having menacing and psychopathic personalities. Even the scientific community differs in opinion, with a significant number of psychologists insisting that DID is not a real condition. However, one aspect of DID that’s relatively established is its most common cause: childhood abuse.

Child abuse is a significant problem affecting families worldwide, and virtually everyone acknowledges this. Among its different effects is that it can lead to DID. Roughly 99% of patients have at least one significant traumatic and abusive experience during childhood. The prevalence of DID is a significant mental health problem, which is why we need to find more effective ways of prevention. Only by understanding the link between abuse and DID further can parents be able to protect their children.

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Coping Mechanisms And Identity

Whenever people encounter a negative stimulus, they tend to react so that they can reduce the detrimental effects of the stimulus. The actions they take are called coping mechanisms. For example, people who are victims of bullying tend to feel powerless. To cope, they might take steps that make them seem more powerful, such as by becoming bullies themselves.

In the case of DID, abused children can face very different scenarios. Their guardians meet their basic needs, such as food and shelter. However, these same people cause them psychological, and sometimes physical, harm. How can someone be both caring and hurtful?

The usual victims of abuse in the household are young children. They are usually in the stage of development where their self-identities first begin to take root. Their view of themselves isn’t just influenced by themselves, but also by their interactions with each other. In typical cases, children grow up with a unified belief of who they are as a person. They acknowledge that they have various traits that compose one personality.

The conflicting viewpoints caused by child abuse interfere with identity development. If a child is hurt, they might start thinking that they are inadequate and undeserving of care. The child might then believe otherwise when the abuser feels guilty and tries to compensate by being more indulging.

Repeated cycles of this type of behavior will prevent the child from forming a single identity. The mismatch between what they think and what they observe is called cognitive dissonance, and it imposes some mental strain on them. To resolve the disagreement, they will be forced to adopt multiple identities. Thus, abuse eventually leads to the formation of DID.

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Here are some ideas that you must know about coping up:

  • “Medication alone is easy but does not teach people how to cope with the situations that may have created the depression in the first place.” – Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD
  • “Self-care can include seeing a psychologist, talking with a support group or mentor, carving out more time for friends and family, and relieving stress by exercising or by practicing tai chi or meditation.” – Jeffrey Barnett, PsyD
  • “Social support and even the perception of social support is highly protective.” –  Lindsay Sortor, PsyD

Solutions

The link between child abuse and DID is another reason for taking an aggressive stance against violence. Parents and guardians should maintain a loving and caring environment for their children. They should support their children’s healthy mental development by protecting them from psychological trauma.

Being a caring guardian is sometimes easier said than done, especially if the guardian was also a victim of childhood abuse. In this case, they should opt for counseling where a mental health professional will guide them in proper parenthood.

Additionally, there must be stronger policies that will help detect and prevent child abuse. Psychologists should continue working on better diagnostic and treatment tools so that authorities can better deal with child abuse. Only then will we be able to prevent another person from suffering from DID.

Ways To Manage An Employee With Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a complex psychological condition. It occurs when an individual fragments his or her identity into two or more personality states. Professionals call these alters. The majority of those with DID had gotten this disorder due to severe trauma.

In the workplace setting, employees who have DID might display various symptoms such as a tendency toward isolation, random outbursts, neglect, and suspicion of others. The consistent embodiment of these behaviors might lead to chaos in the office, which might lead to low employee morale and lower production rate.

With this in mind, managers like you need to know how to handle your employees with DID. Being successful in this area can make a significant difference in the workplace environment and the growth of the business.

Keep An Open Mind

You might blame all these outbursts to your employee with DID. However, you should also consider that there might be something wrong with the job itself or the people around him. His sudden changes in personality might be triggered by his co-employees or from the stress he gets from work.

To address this, you should first assess the situation by asking the following questions:

  • Does the nature of the job consider the sensitive case of the employee?
  • Is the workload just enough, or is it too much to handle?
  • Do the people around him trigger the stress he feels?
  • Are his co-workers sensitive in collaborating and communicating with him?

The answers from these questions will help you pinpoint which areas are causing your employee’s personality problems. Then, from here, you can now come up with the most effective solution for your employees.

Have Consistent One-On-One Sessions

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When you see one of your employees—regardless if they are suffering from DID—violate company etiquette, make sure to schedule one-on-one sessions. Call them out for their behavior and give a non-threatening admonition. After this, create an action plan with them by asking the questions below:

  • Are you aware of your triggers? What are these?
  • What do you plan on doing to avoid these etiquette violations?
  • How do you plan to inform your colleagues about your condition?
  • What do you want your co-workers to do for you should another outburst happen?

This action plan will help both you and your employees to map out specific steps on how to go about their situation. According to Kristin Zeising, PsyD,  “Recognise it takes both the therapist and you to address the issues and make changes.” At the same time, make sure that you will be wary of the therapist or counselor that you will get it touch with. Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC said that this is an indication that you have to re-consider your therapy sessions: “Counselor does not have sufficient and specific training to address your issues and/or attempts to treat problems outside the scope of the practice.”

 

Encourage Them To Seek Treatment

The first thing you can do is to direct them to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). There might be times that the employee might feel a little uncomfortable talking to his co-workers or bosses about his condition. The alternative for this is to seek the guidance of a professional counselor so that they can address the struggles they experience in the workplace.

Always remember that there might be a need to terminate a particular employee should they experience consistent workplace problems. As a manager, you must ensure the personal welfare of all your employees. If those individuals with DID are disrupting both the lives of other employees and the progression of the business, then feel free to let them go. It might be the best move for everyone. Look for a professional therapist like Lara Fielding, PsyD who enjoys what she is doing by saying “I am doing what I love, helping other people and [incorporating] what I know experientially and what I know scientifically.”

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