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Explains what dissociation and dissociative disorders are, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.
It can be really hard to see someone you care about experiencing the symptoms of a dissociative disorder. But family and friends can really help. This page has some suggestions for ways you can support the person you care about, while also looking after your own wellbeing.
"Having understanding family and friends helps me."
If they experience identity alteration you may find that you have to communicate with different parts of their identity at different times.
There may be times when you can't offer them the support they need. Think about who is the best person to contact at these times. Have a look at our information on supporting someone to seek help.
It's important to make sure you look after yourself too.
This information was published in March 2019. We will revise it in 2022.
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