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The best defense is knowing what you're up against. To better be able to cope with dissociation, first get to understand what it is and the specific symptoms you personally exhibit. This will help you understand your triggers and allow you to be proactive to prevent or better cope with certain episodes or events. This doesn't mean you have to avoid those things like the plague, but exercise caution and develop a game-plan for if you do start to experience symptoms.
Keeping track of when you experience these symptoms and episodes can make a huge difference to ease living with dissociation. Make sure to note your surroundings, thoughts leading up to it or that develop after you experience symptoms. Even going back over this information can help you to ground yourself while you experience signs or indications of dissociation. Like we said previously, this can then help you to develop a plan or a group of exercises or methods to relieve yourself of the dissociation symptoms. Feel free to share this plan with people who are your safe place.
Don't be afraid to talk about it, having other people understand what you're going through is just as effective in order to deal with your varying disorder. These people can become a safe place or safe environment which is crucial to your recovery and journey with dissociation.
Often people with dissociation don't even know this is what they're coping with, try not to get defensive if a friend or loved one reaches out to talk to you about the symptoms or causes. They are likely just looking to help and want to see you fulfill your best self. Many people say they've had to have these symptoms pointed out by other people close to them before they realized what they were going through and the extent of it all. Even if you don't think dissociation pertains to you, take it as an opportunity to educate yourself on this complicated mental illness that approximately 73% of individuals exposed to trauma will experience during the incident or in the hours, days and weeks following the incident
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We've read through a few articles we think are helpful in finding ways to cope with all different types of Dissociation Disorder:
AnxietyBC Visit www.anxietybc.com or call 604- 525-7566 for self-help information and community resources.
BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca for info sheets and personal stories.
Your Local Crisis Line Crisis lines aren’t only for people in crisis. You can call for information on local services or if you just need someone to talk to. If you are in distress, call 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number) 24 hours a day to connect to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. The crisis lines linked in through 310-6789 have received advanced training in mental health issues and services by members of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
HealthLink BC Call 811 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health information. Through 811, you can also speak to a registered nurse about symptoms you’re worried about or a pharmacist about medication questions.
1. Coping with Dissociation in PTSD Recovery | HealthyPlace. (2019). Healthyplace.com. Retrieved 23 April 2019, from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/traumaptsdblog/2016/10/coping-with-dissociation-in-ptsd-recovery
2. 10 Self-Care Tips for People Who Dissociate. (2019). The Mighty. Retrieved 23 April 2019, from https://themighty.com/2016/06/self-care-tips-for-dissociation/
3. Deneweth, C. (2016). 5 Practical Tips to Help You Through Dissociation. Everyday Feminism. Retrieved 23 April 2019, from https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/08/dissociation-tips-to-get-through/
4. How to Identify Triggers for PTSD Flashbacks and Minimize Attacks. (2019). Verywell Mind. Retrieved 23 April 2019, from https://www.verywellmind.com/coping-with-flashbacks-2797574