CONDITIONS WE TREAT
Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.
We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), previously referred to as multiple personality disorder, is a disorder often inaccurately portrayed in the media. While individuals with this disorder are often shown in a violent or comical manner, in reality, DID is a complex, trauma-developmental disorder and individuals suffering with it often experience significant distress. DID is sometimes mislabeled as a form of schizophrenia but the two conditions are entirely separate. It is true that in DID, a person may have two or more distinct personalities with occurring amnesia or gaps in memory for every day events. However, this differs from the active hallucinations and delusions that are common in schizophrenia. Those with DID often have many co-occuring psychiatric symptoms such as anxiety, substance abuse, somatic, or problems with eating or personality (Sar et al., 2014). The myth exists that DID is a rare disorder and only diagnosed in North America; when in fact, DID is commonly found in 1.1-1.2% in community samples (Johnson et al., 2006) and diagnosed in populations worldwide (Brand et al., 2016). Psychological treatment has been found to be helpful in this population with reported benefits in functioning over time, decreased accounts of dissociation, and decrease of distress and PTSD symptoms (Cronin et al., 2014). At Serin Center, we treat DID with integrative care approaches. Because DID typically arises after significant and prolonged childhood abuse, treatment is usually longer term in comparison with other conditions such as phobias or mild depression.
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Johnson, J. G., Cohen, P., Kasen, S., Brook, J. S. (2006). Dissociative disorders among adults in the community, impaired functioning, and Axis I and II comorbidity. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 40, 131–40.
Brand, B. L., Sar, V., Stavropoulos, P., Krüger, C., Korzekwa, M., Martínez-Taboas, A., & Middleton, W. (2016). Separating Fact from Fiction: An Empirical Examination of Six Myths About Dissociative Identity Disorder. Harvard review of psychiatry, 24(4), 257-70.
Cronin, E., Brand, B.L., Mattanah, J.F. (2014). The impact of the therapeutic alliance on treatment outcome in patients with dissociative disorders. European Journal of Psychotraumatology 5, 1–9.
What We Don’t Treat
We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.
ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)
Source: National Resource Center on ADHD