Today, I'm feeling pretty encouraged. I had a great conversation over skype with someone I love and respect and she was a great encouragement to me, affirming me and how far I've come as well as asserting the safety and love that I can find in her and other relationships. I'm very grateful for this conversation.
Aside from this, though, I am still having a hard time sitting still. Everyday I expect myself to be still for 15 minutes at the end of the day, and after that time of stillness and quiet, to journal about my feelings. My therapist says this will be a good way to lessen the dissociation on a day to day basis, and also help me develop a feeling vocabulary. I have a list of feelings word that I look over, identify if I've had any of them throughout the day and then reflect on when and why I felt that. I have been trying to do this for about three weeks and it's really a challenge. I don't usually know when I'm dissociating. I've probably only managed to do this exercise a total of ten times in the last three weeks.
Does anyone have advice about managing dissociative episodes or habits? How do I understand it better? I know that I'm doing it and since I've asked my therapist, she says I do it often. I'd love to hear from you about how you learned to recognize and manage your own dissociation post-trauma. I know of some grounding techniques (cold, heat, naming objects in the room, reorientation to the present, etc). Does anything like that really work for you? I use the naming objects when I'm going into a flashback or panic. Other than that, I don't know how to use it for dissociation.
All my life I have lived with a certain level of anxiety, it wasn't too bad but i always ended up going through phases where it would make me scared and worried for no reason, which caused me to be scared of losing control over my thoughts and myself. recently, i started another phase. i was very worried because this time it made it hard for me to breathe easily, and i wouldn't stop focusing on...
My dr just upped my med and changed the time of day I take it. Does everyone get worse before they get better when making changes? Don't know how long to give it.