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Mindful Behaviors . . . with Johnna Pilipchuk, MA, LPA
What is a Dissociative Disorder?
All of us get lost in a book or an activity from time to time, but people with dissociative
disorders escape from reality in ways that are involuntary and, at times, frightening and
These symptoms often develop as a result of being exposed to trauma or as a way to avoid
very painful memories. Symptoms might include:
- can't remember important personal information or events
- feelings of being "out of the body" or disconnected from oneself
- alternate personalities
How do you treat a Dissociative Disorder?
These disorders are treated with cognitive-behavior therapy which helps the client
understand the origins of the dissociation and learn effective coping skills for dealing with the
symptoms. Treatment can be difficult and take time, but many people with dissociative
disorders go on to lead very productive and happy lives.
If you think you might have a dissociative symptom, I can help you determine whether you
have a dissociative disorder and assist you with the treatment you need.