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Keys To Overcoming Your Anxiety And Panic Attacks

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i had a super hard time picking which one i wanted to use, so the ones in comments, i love as well, and i added a link to see them large, which i would highly recommend.

These are supposed to be portraying Dissociative identity disorder…aka Multiple personality disorder. ONe of the scariest disorders in my opinion.
Oh and since i am portraying multiple "egos" i am gonna play along in TOTW, "alter ego"

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a condition in which a person displays multiple distinct identities or personalities (known as alter egos or alters), each with its own pattern of perceiving and interacting with the environment. In the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems the name for this diagnosis is multiple personality disorder. In both systems of terminology, the diagnosis requires that at least two personalities routinely take control of the individual’s behavior with an associated memory loss that goes beyond normal forgetfulness; in addition, symptoms cannot be the temporary effects of drug use or a general medical condition.

What Is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Most of us have experienced mild dissociation, which is like daydreaming or getting lost in the moment while working on a project. However, dissociative identity disorder is a severe form of dissociation, a mental process, which produces a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. Dissociative identity disorder is thought to stem from trauma experienced by the person with the disorder. The dissociative aspect is thought to be a coping mechanism — the person literally dissociates himself from a situation or experience that’s too violent, traumatic, or painful to assimilate with his conscious self.
What Are the Symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Dissociative identity disorder is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct or split identities or personality states that continually have power over the person’s behavior. With dissociative identity disorder, there’s also an inability to recall key personal information that is too far-reaching to be explained as mere forgetfulness. With dissociative identity disorder, there are also highly distinct memory variations, which fluctuate with the person’s split personality.

The "alters" or different identities have their own age, sex, or race. Each has his or her own postures, gestures, and distinct way of talking. Sometimes the alters are imaginary people; sometimes they are animals. As each personality reveals itself and controls the individuals’ behavior and thoughts, it’s called "switching." Switching can take seconds to minutes to days. When under hypnosis, the person’s different "alters" or identities may be very responsive to the therapist’s requests.

Along with the dissociation and multiple or split personalities, people with dissociative disorders may experience any of the following symptoms:

* Depression
* Mood swings
* Suicidal tendencies
* Sleep disorders ( insomnia, night terrors, and sleep walking)
* Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias (flashbacks, reactions to stimuli or "triggers")
* Alcohol and drug abuse
* Compulsions and rituals
* Psychotic-like symptoms (including auditory and visual hallucinations)
* Eating disorders

Other symptoms of dissociative identity disorder may include headache, amnesia, time loss, trances, and "out of body experiences." Some people with dissociative disorders have a tendency toward self-persecution, self-sabotage, and even violence (both self-inflicted and outwardly directed). As an example, someone with dissociative identity disorder may find themselves doing things they wouldn’t normally do such as speeding, reckless driving, or stealing money from their employer or friend, yet they feel they are being compelled to do it. Some describe this feeling as being a passenger in their body rather than the driver. In other words, they truly believe they have no choice.
What’s the Difference Between Dissociative Identity Disorder and Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder are often confused, but they are very different.

Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness involving chronic (or recurrent) psychosis, characterized mainly by hearing or seeing things that aren’t real (hallucinations) and thinking or believing things with no basis in reality (delusions). People with schizophrenia do not have multiple personalities. Delusions are the most common psychotic symptom in schizophrenia; hallucinations, particularly hearing voices in the person’s head, are apparent in about half of people.

Suicide is a risk with both schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder, although patients with multiple personalities have a history of suicide attempt more often than other psychiatric patients.

Meeting panic attacks head on can take a toll on you, emotionally and physically. Panic has the ability to deeply impact your life and prevent you from doing simple things like enjoying time with your loved ones or going outside for a walk. This article will help you to better manage your panic attacks.

Keep a close eye on your anxiety levels. Doing so can help prevent anxiety and panic attacks. Becoming more vigilant will help you to regain control over your feelings of anxiety. Possessing heightened awareness can reduce the intensity of panic attacks.

Take a look into getting some cognitive behavioral therapy for your panic attacks. Therapy sessions with a professional have helped a lot of people, and can help you as well. The internet is a great resource to use to find an accredited practitioner focused on the treatment of panic disorders, one who can help you learn how to manage your issues.

Decide to take action. If you just let the anxiety and fear of your life go, then you are more apt to be able to heal. Make the choice to stop giving in to the fear any longer. When dealing with panic attacks, it is important that you allow yourself to be helped, both by yourself and your friends.

You can reduce the amount of panic attacks you have by practicing certain healthy habits. You should stay away from anxiety-inducing products, such as tea, coffee, alcohol, and cigarettes. Consume nutritious foods. Stay away from highly-processed foods and foods that contain lots of sugar. Getting plenty of solid sleep so that you are fully rested will also help you immensely. The more you take care of yourself, the fewer panic attacks you will suffer.

A child with severe issues related to stress requires attention. Something dramatic could be going on in their life, and the panic attacks could be coming from them not feeling as though they can express what is bothering them. You, as the parent, should talk with your child, or you should have them talk with a professional.

If you feel panic start to take control of your body, try to go with it instead of trying to fight it off. You should concentrate on the fact that you know the feelings will pass, instead of on the feelings that you are having. The effort of fighting an attack can cause more anxiety so accept it, try to stay calm and wait for it to pass.

Stretch the muscles in your face, and work your neck by rolling your head from one side to the other. Stretch your back muscles by rolling your shoulders. This can prevent a panic attack prior to it happening.

Talk to your doctor if panic attacks are taking a toll on your life. Some people deal with panic using nothing more than willpower and special breathing, but your ideal solution might include medication or therapy. A doctor can guide you toward the right treatment plan for you specifically.

When a panic attack occurs, you can learn to bring it under control yourself. Your thoughts and feelings in this situation cannot be the determining factor about what actions you will take. Understand what emotions are being caused by the attack and react in a completely opposite manner. It’s important to understand that you must not act on your negative thoughts, but choose to act in a positive manner.

Use this advice to take the power out of panic attacks. Try to avoid focusing on feelings that could actually inspire another attack. Just tell yourself it is possible to do it. Your health and well being are worth any effort it might take to bring back that vibrant lifestyle.

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