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Re: answers to questions rsk muffled. ddnos star008

Posted by llurpsienoodle on June 24, 2008, at 22:41:24

In reply to answers to questions rsk muffled. ddnos, posted by star008 on June 24, 2008, at 21:48:46

hi star,
I agree with you that these two have made SUCH progress! It's really exciting to watch others, even if it's hard to see the fruits of our own labor...

I think I've made progress too. my T said I used to be spaced out and absent, but lately I only feel like that a little bit of the time, maybe once or twice a session. I think it's possible to get the dissociating under control with more trust in oneself. I think a lot of the work that I've been doing concerns the level of fear that I feel in situations that I perceive as "out of my control". Working on ways to escape stressful confrontations in a healthy and adaptive way has raised my feelings of self-control and efficacy. I've gotten more confidence in myself as my T has convinced me that I'm not a total waste of carbon. Self-esteem is definitely part of the equation.

I have been able to recognize my triggers to dissociate, and that's part of the battle. next comes trying to understand the feelings that are triggered. Once the feelings are under control (well, kinda!), then the reactions and symptoms make more sense and are more malleable.

I've never done EMDR or any specific treatment for diss. disorder. I believe, in my case, that the symptoms are the extreme part of a spectrum of anxiety and learned helplessness. Eventually I believe that I will get to the point where my hurts and shames no longer have such power over me. I'm confident.

okay, didn't mean to make this post all about me (oopsie) I just wanted to offer you my perspective on dissociative symptoms. Do take care, you'll move past this phase, even though it feels endless...

-ll


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