How I Found Out I Have Dissociative Identity Disorder | MedCircle x Encina Severa

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Encina Severa has talked to MedCircle host Kyle Kittleson about living with dissociative identity disorder aka DID before. In this video, she goes further and breaks down the trauma she faced in childhood and what it was like growing up with undiagnosed dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder aka MPD.) She even explains the first time she realized she had multiple personalities AKA alters.

00: 00 Intro
00: 49 Working with dissociative identity disorder
03: 03 What undiagnosed DID symptoms feel like
04: 57 How Encina’s DID was diagnosed
06: 45 How Encina communicates with alters
11: 07 Encina’s co-occurring mental health disorders
12: 54 The early childhood trauma that caused DID
13: 41 Medicine & therapy that did & didn’t work
17: 14 The healing process today
21: 00 Coping with panic attacks & anxiety
22: 56 ADHD, OCD, and PMDD
25: 29 DID vs borderline personality disorder

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), It’s estimated that 2% of people experience dissociative disorders, with women being more likely than men to be diagnosed.

Cooccurring disorders are very common when it comes to mental illness. Encina describes how she also faced depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex PTSD (cPTSD), a panic attack, and more.

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