Having dissociative identity disorder (DID) can result in a lot of things. You may find yourself talking to someone you may not even remember greeting. There may be plenty of shopping bags and new clothes or shoes in your closet, also though you don’t recall getting them. Your colleagues may claim that they have seen you doing this and that, but you have zero recollection of what they are talking about. Every time these things happen, you may beg your therapist to recalibrate your brain because you cannot take your situation anymore.
One reality that patients with DID have to face is that there’s no cure for this condition, after all. A therapist can only teach you some coping mechanisms; a psychiatrist may merely be able to prescribe a sedative or another drug that can calm you down. However, knowing that you have an illness that not even the smartest scientist or most advanced technology can handle can be excruciatingly painful.
And, yes, depression soon comes after that. Since you do not want your other predominant personalities to put anyone in danger, you might lock yourself up in your bedroom and throw the key outside. When your loved ones try to help you, you shut them out because you feel like it’s too late to save you. It sounds like what heroes may say, but it’s true.
According to Sandra Hamilton, Ph.D, “I remember one client describing the onset of depression like the beginning of a roller coaster: It slowly creeps ahead and you can see and feel the fall coming, but you can’t do anything to stop it.”
Now, although DID and depression are both incurable diseases, the silver lining is that there are different ways to deal with the latter. You won’t need anti-depressants, frankly speaking. While the dissociative identity disorder may not go away through the tips we’re about to give, your determination to fight it may come back when you are no longer too depressed to do it.
So, without much ado, here are a few therapist-approved ways to deal with depression if you have DID.
Remember That God Is Not Punishing You
Whenever a person gets a hardship that makes him or her depressed, he or she gets mad to God for getting him or her into that situation. If you, my dear reader, are in a distressing situation, too, be in the know that God is not punishing you. He loves you, and He teaches us as any person does. It is our choice if we want to show Him that we deserve to be called His son or daughter or not by showing our strength over the challenges in our lives.
Go On A New Path
If your problem is on the right, go left – it’s as simple as that. It can’t be said that you’re cowering from the issue just because you are changing your course. Only, you are smart enough for knowing how to choose your battles so that you will be able to make yourself better.
It Happens For A Reason
The reason for your depression to comorbid with DID is something that you will realize in the future on your own. Perhaps it happened because you won’t think of facing the issue without hitting rock-bottom, for instance. Whether it’s there to open your eyes or make you feel that you need a life re-routing, the important thing is that you learn from it.
Accept Your Reality
Depression gets more substantial when the person who’s experiencing it keeps on denying the truth even to themselves. If you have multiple personalities that can appear at any time, accept it. In case you do something that you may not even think of while you are in that state, apologize for it. Learn how to accept the thing that made you depressed, no matter how shameful it is. This way, you can begin rearranging your life to its original position.
Love yourself as you’ve never loved before because that’s only when you can genuinely pull yourself out of your misery. Do it not because I said so; do it because you want to be better.
Life Is Far From Being A Drag
Life is too lovely to be allowed to go to waste. It will be a shame if we keep on dragging it down because of our problems. We are not trying to invalidate how you feel; having DID and depression at the same time can be an experience that’s beyond everyone’s imagination. However, you only have one life. You should love it, enjoy it, and be the king or queen of it. Make the most of your life until it lasts.
In The End
“Life can often be unpredictable and stressful. Whether it’s divorce, job loss, relocation, death of a loved one or even a flat tire, life’s stressors can trigger many emotional states, including anxiety and depression.” – Laura Strom, LMFT
I know you may be hurting right now. You feel scared; you don’t know what you’ll end up doing tomorrow and not remembering it. You don’t want to have to depend on your loved ones to check up on you. However, the dissociative identity disorder is one big obstacle that you have to face, and there’s no way for other people to help you get rid of it. Instead of moping around and going down the depression lane, therefore, you should heed the tips mentioned above.