This page has information on treatments which may be able to help if you have a dissociative disorder.
Can I recover from a dissociative disorder?
Yes - if you have the right diagnosis and treatment, there is a good chance you will recover. This might mean that you stop experiencing dissociative symptoms and any separate parts of your identity merge to become one sense of self.
Not everyone will stop experiencing dissociative symptoms completely but treatment can help you feel more in control of your life and your identity. Some people find that being able to dissociate is comforting and don't feel ready to stop dissociating completely.
Talking treatments are the recommended treatment for dissociative disorders. Counselling or psychotherapy will help you explore traumatic events in your past, help you understand why you dissociate and develop alternative coping mechanisms. It can also help you manage your emotions and your relationships.
Slowly my other parts are telling me about their memories of my abuse and I am telling them about my life now and, bit by bit, we are piecing things together and working through it with the help of counselling.
Most talking treatments for dissociative disorders take several years, but unfortunately in most areas the NHS offers short or medium term therapy. This isn't usually effective in treating dissociative disorders.
You may need to be very persistent to get the right help from the NHS, or consider alternative ways to access treatment. An advocate may be able to help. See our pages on advocacy and making yourself heard for more information.
You might want to seek therapy outside the NHS: