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Craving Normalcy As a Gifted Person with Mental Illness

My whole life people have treated me like I’m special. I was the precocious kid who learned to read and play the piano while in kindergarten and was placed in a gifted program for fourth graders when I was in third grade. I was the high schooler who collected honors and awards.

Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I was constantly being told how talented I was, between my various musical and artistic gifts...
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Longing for a Roadmap In Merging My Personalities

I have a dissociative disorder that includes multiple personalities. Right now, with my psychologist's help, I am trying to merge us so we can be one unified person. The idea of being unified is so exciting. I will have access to all of the emotions and memories, and stop fighting with other parts of me. It should be a tremendous relief.

But right now the process is difficult and overwhelming. My psychologist has experience with this process.

But...
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13 Benefits of Self-Awareness in Mental Illness Recovery

Several years ago, a college counselor told me I would qualify for disability due to my mental illnesses and encouraged me to apply. Surprised, I refused. “I can do everything fine; I don’t need help.” She studied me intently, then nodded her head, explaining, “You manage everything so well because you're a genius.” I wasn’t sure how to respond.  I'm not a genius.

These days I know the real reason I function so...
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Five Stresses of Studying Counseling with Concealed Mental Illnesses

As I prepare for the spring semester, I am breathless with anticipation of the coming months. I am in my third year of a master’s program for clinical mental health counseling. Right now I am completing my practicum in our university counseling center, counseling college students.

I also have bipolar disorder, a dissociative disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. My life is balancing my mental illnesses along with school and my...
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