Category: Getting help & a diagnosis

The quest for diagnosis

How do you go about getting a diagnosis for dissociative identity disorder? One client describes her long struggle for treatment on the NHS and the path to the Clinic for Dissociative Survivors.

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DID or DDNOS: does it matter?

DDNOS is a strange-sounding diagnosis and seen by many as a ‘not yet’ or ‘not quite’ version of dissociative identity disorder. This article explores the differences between the two diagnoses and whether that difference matters or is arbitrary.

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Working with a dissociative disorder diagnosis

Once we understand dissociation as a logical response to overwhelming trauma, it stops being so dramatic and different, and the person suffering dissociation stops being ‘complex’ and ‘bizarre’ too. There is nothing bizarre about dissociative disorders—what is bizarre is how some people can be so badly mistreated that they end up with a dissociative disorder.

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