Healing, One Trigger at a Time

Photo credit: author – the last of the ice on the pond, hopefully A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a dissociative disorder — Dissociative Disorder NOS (not otherwise specified) (DDNOS).  Dissociative disorders exist along a continuum, with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) at the most extreme end and DDNOS…

Dissociative Disorders: Maligned, Misunderstood and Misdiagnosed

Dissociative Disorders are, in general, not well understood by mental health professionals.  In fact, many mental health professionals either do not recognize dissociation when it’s occurring in people, and/or they dismiss it as unimportant or as a form of drama or malingering in people.  I know this because I worked as a mental health therapist…

What a Dissociative Disorder Looks Like

A couple of years ago, life piled up, and mental health concerns disabled me.  One of the hardest — and most helpful — things for me to come to grips with has been a diagnosis of “Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified” or “DDNOS.” The diagnosis was hard for me to accept because I didn’t want…