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Could I deliberately switch dissociative "states"

Postby Seelia » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:22 pm

By "states" I don't mean dissociative identities as I don't have DID/MPD. I mean different feelings/ behaviors in different companies and situations. Is there any way to deliberately and consciously switch it?

I have been diagnosed with PTSD and have recognised the changes that happen in me every time in certain situations/companies as a dissociative symptom.

For example every time in the presence of my certain relatives I become extremely tired, lethargic even, out of nowhere. The change can happen in seconds. First I'm feeling ok, and then someone says "Oh, by the way, the X's are coming over!" and immediately I get this overwhelming exhaustion that persists till the X's have left. Sometimes I even have to go and take a nap while they are staying.

It is very burdensome to me and I think it's a shame for others as well.

I read an article on dissociative disorders in general, and it said this can be a dissociative symptom. It can also be caused or made worse by social anxiety, but for a person with a diagnosed PTSD, like me, it's most likely dissociation, especially when it doesn't happen in every social situation, but only in certain companies.

How can I change it?
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Re: Could I deliberately switch dissociative "states"

Postby myce » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:33 pm

This symptom is a big red flag that those people are not good for you and you should not be in their company if you can avoid them. It is better to listen to your inner states than comply with social expectations around toxic people. If you need to take nap to get away from them then that is what you need to do. This is for your own safety. With the diagnosis and symptoms you are experiencing, it could be that these people have contributed to your illness somehow. They may have abused you in the past and you don't remember, or they may have personality traits that are toxic and drain your energy.
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Re: Could I deliberately switch dissociative "states"

Postby KitMcDaydream » Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:40 am

I can switch from one alter to another at will as mentioned in my post (Feeling Trapped as one Persona) and sometimes have to frequently if I'm having visitors or having several deliveries. (i have one alter who can only exist within the privacy of my own home when no-one else is around). I'm not sure who is typing this! ..the 'secret one' or the public face! ..but I always know who it will be when I have to answer the door or do anything involving dealing with people.

It's not always possible to avoid situations that make us switch to an alter we don't really want to be, but sometimes I just try to recreate that alter's personality and/or background to something I feel I like better. I don't know if you feel you can do this? (I do alot of daydreaming and intense fantasizing (known as Maladaptive Daydreaming) so if I can imagine something I can often work out how to incorporate it into reality and change something I want to change about real life. (depends what it is though).

I guess what I mean is can you imagine yourself coping with these people in a different way and imagine a different way of reacting then behave that way instead when they do visit?
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