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Howling Mad
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   Posted 2/16/2011 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Can dissociative disorders be easily mistaken for depression/anxiety? It annoys me that I may have something like DID or BPD but all that ever happened is my teachers watching all the other students call me a freak. I am aware of countless times I've been asked "Who are you talking to?" when there was no one else around. How can people be so ignorant??

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   Posted 2/16/2011 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Howling Mad,

Do you talk to yourself? I use to do that a lot. I started taking abilify and it has helped. My psychologist said when we have too much on our minds we will have a tendancy to talk to ourselves to sort things out in a way.

I do believe that dissociative disorders can be mistaken for depression.

People can easily be ignorant to depression especially if they haven't experienced it. They just don't understand it and actually unless they have somebody close to them with it, they have no reason to learn about it. So that leaves them clueless. It really isn't their fault. It is just the way that it is.

Keep posting. Do you think you might have DID or BPD? Have you been to a psychiatrist lately? If you are suspecting it, talk to your doc about it and see a pdoc and get a diagnosis.

Take care,

Hugs, Karen
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Howling Mad
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   Posted 2/16/2011 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Karen.
When I went to see a psychiatrist, we didn't get very far into the topic of "hearing voices" because, in my mind, it's a taboo topic. You don't talk about it or there's lots of shouting and general crass. When she sent me to talk to "the special doctor" which I think was to see if I needed medication, I basically closed up, things I sort of hinted at but never talked in detail about.

I try to stop talking to myself, but I've already started again before I realise it. I'll be talking.. I dunno if it can be considered a voice, I think it can, I think it is.. to this voice and then we'll argue and then it'll click in my head what I'm doing and I'll try and stop myself, which usually ends with me shouting at myself to stop talking and stay quiet. Wahey for weird looks. There are a lot of jokes amongst my friends about some of the things I do, naming and talking to certain objects as though they have personalities, and sometimes I wonder how much they realise is a joke.


I could have said with relative certainty a few years ago that I thought I was depressed, and back then, I didn't know about anything else really. Things were pretty crass at the time with everything that was going on and no real help, but then all of it could be down to what's going on in my head. Which is why I struggled to talk openly to my psychiatrist. Because of how I was brought up, it was very much a "We're playing happy families" with every possible issue that came up, so I could never express concerns with my parents. But I sort of decided, finally, I need to start clearing up the chaos because I'm just not getting any better.

I see my doctor a week on Friday. It's a long time to stew, but it gives me time to order what words need to be said.

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   Posted 2/16/2011 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Make yourself a list of what all you would like to talk about with your doctor. And make sure you discuss everything on the list. Often we forget what all we want to disucss and we don't get things resolved. If you are basically talking to yourself, I take abilify and it caused that to stop. I don't have as much on my present mind anymore and it is a relief. If you are hearing voices tell the doctor that too because there are medications for that too. The only way that we can get help is if we tell them everything. That is the only way we get a proper diagnosis too. You can be schitzophrenic and still have depressive episodes. My mother was schitzophrenic and bipolar. I am basically just depressed, but my sister is bipolar.

I think a lot of us have come from disfunctional families, so we understand how that feels. I think it takes a little longer to find ourselves. But it is done. Some of us search all our lilves. We all go at different paces.

I hope that you do make it until you see your doctor. Can you make a call if things get rough?

Take care and keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 2/17/2011 2:07 AM (GMT -6)   
have been were your at. (disassociation) when i was dx with borderline personality disorder. help is avail. with compassion. jamie. still do from time to time.
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

awty
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   Posted 2/18/2011 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Howling mad,

Don't be too dissappointed if you don't get an answer on the first visit with the Dr. I found this site looking into MPD, after looking at the recommended items in a book called, Dissociative disorders.

I have dissociated all my life, and can still do it now at will, which has helped me through some really tough things.

Because there are so many other things that are very close with dissociation, it may take some time to eliminate other things before they get to real diagnoses.

Wishing you strength as you go through this process.

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   Posted 2/19/2011 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
good one awty, jamie :-)
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REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.
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