Life with Trauma and Dissociative Disorders

Note: Information on this website should not be considered medical advice. This page includes information that other people have found useful in coping with trauma and dissociative disorders. Advice should only be provided by a trained and qualified clinican.



    Coping with Difficult Emotions
    Coping animation of cartoons with messages - made from images by EMM not Emma which were used with permission. Teddy bear holding a blue balloon says You emotions are valid
    It is very common for people who have experienced trauma to find it hard to manage their emotions, particularly people with Complex PTSD; this is described as difficulties in emotional regulation. [3]

    Distress and negative emotions (particularly fear, guilt, sadness, shame, confusion) are a symptom of PTSD.[4]:271-272 Reactive Attachment Disorder, another Trauma and Stressor-related Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder are also associated with difficulty managing emotions. [4]:265,766,265,664
    Emotions evolved to help us survive- Plutnick's Nature of Emotions explained
    Negative mood is a symptom of many disorders caused by trauma, and Major Depression is commonly diagnosed in people with Trauma or Dissociative Disorders. [4]:165,271-298

    The diagram shows that all negative feelings can lead to actions with positive effects. According to Plutchik, who developed this understanding, successfully adapting to the environment "implies the ability to feel and express all emotions in appropriate setting". This means that feeling and expressing negative emotions is important.

    Can you identify the emotion(s) you are feeling? They may be one of the eight basic emotions of fear, amger, joy, sadness, acceptance (trust), disgust, expectation (anticipation) and surprise, or a mix of several of these.

    Grounding techniques and Flashbacks
    Relaxation and calming

    Grounding Yourself during a flashback
    from the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

    Watch more
    PTSD self-help tools
    External links to the Veteran's Association
    PTSD Coach online PTSD and Mindfulness mobile apps

    Medical Information Cards

    Medical card - I am a survivor of sexual assault, can you please ...
    Helpful cards for medical and dental appointments or to show in an emergency.
    More Info cards

    DID Emergency Information Card - How to Help
    Emergency resource downloads - free customizable DID information cards, emotional thermometer and more.
    Emergency resources

    Information leaflet for professionals
    DID Information leaflet for professionals

     Trauma Dissociation
     C PTSD A Way Out, A place to check in daily.
     DID Dispatches, A personal perspective on living with Dissociative identity disorder.
     Wounded Times, the news source for veterans.

    Denial and DID
    Coming soon.
    Finding a therapist
    Therapists with a professional interest in working with people with Trauma and Dissociative Disorders are listed on the find a therapist page of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. These are not recommendations or endorsements but a list of professionals who have joined the organization from across the world.[1] The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) provides a similar online tool,[2] find a clinician. Other organizations which may help you find a therapist with a particular interest in the field are listed below by region.
    Australia and Asia
    Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)
    Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
    Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT)
    New Zealand Association of Counsellors therapist search
    Asian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
    Japanese Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
    Singapore Association of Counseling
    UK and Europe
    Combat Stress UK
    Pottergate centre UK organization
    Izzy's Promise Scotland - for ritual and organized abuse survivors including trafficking
    Mpower Supporting Male Survivors of sexual abuse
    Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors UK charity
    Trauma and Abuse group UK
    UK Psychological Trauma Society

    EMDR Europe
    European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)
    ESESS member societies
    European Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD)
    Die DeGPT (Deutschsprachige Gesellschaft für Psychotraumatologie), Germany
    Sociedad Española de Psicotraumatología, Estrés Traumático y Disociación (SEPET Y D) Spain
    Società Italiana per lo Studio dello Stress Traumatico Italy
    Videnscenter for Psykotraumatologi Denmark
    The Trauma Centre South African NGO
    African Society for Traumatic Stress Studies contact details only
    TraumaClinic South Africa
    International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims Projects during 2014 included Egypt, DRC, Burundi and Rwanda.
    Canada, USA, Central and South America
    Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists
    Canadian Psychological Association - Provincial and Territorial Associations of Psychology
    American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
    The Colin A. Ross Institute for psychological trauma
    American Psychological Association, trauma division
    The National Center for PTSD U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network U.S.
    New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation
    Trauma Treatment Programs in the US, from the Sidran Traumatic Stress Foundation
    Sociedad Chilena de Salud Mental
    Middle East
    Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP)
    Trauma and Dissociation Israel
    The Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma
    Other countries and International
    International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
    International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
    International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims Projects during 2014 included Egypt, DRC, Burundi and Rwanda.
    EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

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    1. International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Find a therapist. Retrieved November 30, 2014, from
    2. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Find a clinician. Retrieved May 9 2015, from
    3. World Health Organization. (December 4, 2014). ICD-11 Beta Draft (Joint Linearization for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics).
    4. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5. (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association. ISBN 0890425558.
    5. Plutchik, R. (2001). The nature of emotions. American Scientist, 89(4), 344-350 doi:10.1511/2001.28.739

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