Welcome to the February edition of Breaking Free. In this edition we focus on providing information about dissociation in recognition of Dissociative Identity Disorder Awareness Day on 6 March. In our challenging times, it’s important to understand more about dissociation and possibilities for healing. Dissociation is a common experience that occurs when we detach from the present moment or become absorbed in an activity. However, when dissociation occurs as a protective mechanism of the mind in response to extreme or ongoing trauma, it can lock out overwhelming feelings and experiences, leading to a sense of being disconnected from oneself.
There is no single path to healing from complex trauma or dissociation, but therapy, mindfulness and relaxation techniques, physical exercise, and self-care can all be helpful, for some people at different times. With time and support, many people find that they can build a stronger sense of self and a life with fewer triggers or disruptions.
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, March 7th at 10 am AEDST to spread awareness on Dissociative Identity Disorder Awareness Day. The conversation will focus on what healing from dissociative disorders looks like, as well as answering your questions about what healing looks like for you. Blue Knot is one of the partners presenting so please book your place now.
We also are highlighting a two-book set, “Our House: Making Sense of Dissociative Identity Disorder” and “Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Guidebook for Survivors and Practitioners.” These books provide an accessible understanding of dissociation and DID, empowering survivors and educating friends, family, and professionals.
Lastly, we would like to share a podcast episode from the radio program “All in the Mind,” which focuses on dissociation and coping with trauma. The episode discusses the devastating impact that early abuse can have on mental health and reminds us of the importance of understanding dissociation and its role in complex trauma experiences.
Until next time, take care.
The Blue Knot Team