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Re: Going into the hospital. judy1

Posted by ShelliR on June 28, 2002, at 20:40:27

In reply to Actually Terra...., posted by judy1 on June 26, 2002, at 18:23:50

Hi Judy,

I've been reading your posts, but because I've been so depressed and not dissociative, I have not been able to offer anything. I admire how brave you are being and how hard you are trying. You too Terra. Both of you are not running from your "diagnosises".

DID is supposed to be a very "curable" disorder.
Dissociation *is* something which will go away after it is worked with, worked on slowly if possible.

I've gone into a hospital for disociative disorder and found it pretty safe and useful. Much different from the hellish places I've been in for my depression. Only once though it helped my dissociative disorder; the next time I felt the hospital had given up much of their program (because of insurance), and it was no longer helpful to me. It was too short for people who had just learned about the disorder. It was better for people who had one specific personality to work with that they felt was too dangerous to work on outside the hospital.

I don't know how much you can accomplish in two weeks. The first time I was there, it was for six weeks. Now because of insurance their program is only about two weeks--nothing definite.


I had heard of this hospital from other patients--positive stuff, and they gave me alot of advise, like who I should try to get as a therapist etc. Many hospitals don't offer individual therapy and I found this very useful to sort out what was happening in groups. But only 3x a week and they cut it from an hour to 1/2 hour.

Can you talk to former patients or does your therapist personally know this hospital? I wouldn't believe the literature because so many programs exaggerate. Or the other hand it seems like right now you absolutely need to learn not to dissociate.

How are trained dogs helpful? I've never heard of that. Also do you dissociate when you are with your baby?

Shelli


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