Healthy Perspectives & Approaches

 

Now that understanding of Dissociation and the Dissociative Spectrum has shown you the need for new methods and approaches in your personal life and the society you live in, I offer some suggestions and ideas.

 

First though, I vehemently advise you to find your own truth as you explore these and other options. Do not allow yourself to be “brain-washed” into believing and accepting misdiagnosis or mistreatment in desperation or by way of outdated societal and psychiatric labels. Don’t even believe what I say unless it resonates as true for you!

 

Dissociative Symptoms Checklists

To start, you might want to complete a checklist or two to get some clues as to the forms and degrees of dissociation at play in your life. My suggestions are:

 
Mental Health Problem Solver – NewHarbinger.com/PsychSolve
This website provides free up-to-date information on mental health issues, with a dissociation-based perspective on traditional psychiatric disorders. They also have symptom checklists:
  • Dissociative Disorders Checklist
  • Symptom Assessment Questions
 
Checklists to find through Google include:
  • The Child Dissociative Checklist (CDC) is a 20-item parent/observer checklist for children age 5-12 years.
  • The Adolescent Dissociative Experiences Scale (A-DES) is a 30-item self-checklist for ages 11-18 years.
  • The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) is a self-checklist for ages 18 years and above. 
 
 

My Beliefs about what works and what doesn’t in creating change

 

It is my fervent belief that the traditional methods and approaches in current use in general do not solve problems or provide solutions to issues stemming from dissociative effects.

Our psychiatric efforts have devolved to numbing, shutting down and controlling symptoms through drugs rather than treating root causes and producing true healing.

Likewise, our criminal justice systems treat the crime through punishment and fear, but do not address the underlying causes and beliefs, or the lack of communication and interaction skills for developing healthier means of meeting legitimate needs.

Compounding the effects individually and societally, most of our social, governmental, business and other communal systems have foundations been built upon outdated and ineffective psychiatric and criminal justice systems that are rooted in the effects of dissociation. In my opinion, this whole interconnected dissociative mess is the “the root of all evil”, since it perpetuates the problems, and prevents the positive change and healing that we all desire and need.

I believe our only hope for progress is to step away from what evidently does not work, and start employing new approaches to create the changes we seek.

 

My Suggestions for Alternative Techniques and Treatments

 
In keeping with my belief that we need new perspectives and approaches to create the healing and evolutionary changes we seek, here are my best suggestions.
 
I must caution you though. It is sadly still the norm that many practitioners do not yet see and interpret problems and issues through the lens of  dissociation and the dissociative spectrum. So be sure to check out what each individual understands and applies in their practice!
 
 
I wholeheartedly recommend the following as highly effective tools:
 
Non-Violent Communication (NVC) (Also called Compassionate Communication)  For healthy needs-based communication, Marshall Rosenburg’s “Language of Peace” is a great tool that focuses on the needs driving us, providing a simple method to connect with and find new ways to meet the needs of all involved. Learn more about NVC and the Center for Nonviolent Communication: An International Organization at CNVC.org  
Ready-to-print Information Handout  About NVC 
 
 
Restorative Justice is an alternative to criminal justice sentencing and jail time. It brings together victim and criminal in a reconciliation and resolution process that allows each party be heard and accommodated, facilitating a connection between them and the needs they are each trying to meet. Creating a plan of meaningful restitution together helps the criminal learn and make positive change to healthier and more legal ways of meeting their need, and gives the victim healing and closure. Learn more about Restorative Justice at Ask.com/RestorativeJustice ; RestorativeJustice.org ; IIRP.edu/restorative-justice       
Ready-to-print Information HandoutAbout Restorative Justice  
 
 
Living in Families Effectively (LIFE) Seminars Helpful to anyone, parent or not, who is dealing with Dissociation-related issues, Dr. Alison Miller’s empowering LIFE parent education course combines specifics of child development and growth needs, boundaries, consequences, and more, with equally important components about parents’ experiences, feelings, beliefs, and needs shaping and coloring how they parent. Learn more about LIFE Seminars, workshops, books, and DVDs, at LifeSeminars.com
Ready-to-print Information Handout  About LIFE Seminars  
 
 
Empathic Therapy Dr. Peter Breggin (“Toxic Psychiatry”; Talking Back to Prozac”; “Talking Back to Ritalin”) and his wife Ginger founded The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living, then created the Empathic Therapy Network psychiatric reform organization to promote mental and emotional health and well-being through treatment without drugs. They offer many invaluable articles and resources: EmpathicTherapy.org ; Breggin.com ; ToxicPsychiatry.com
Ready-to-print Information Handout – About Empathic Therapy 
 
 
Warning. The methods below can be quite damaging if the practitioner is not skilled at working from a trauma-informed perspective that enables them to see and interpret problems and issues through the lens of dissociation and the dissociative spectrum. It’s crucial to find out what each practitioner understands and applies in their practice before you work them!

 

ThetaHealing® is Vianna Stibal’s energy healing technique that uses theta brainwaves to create emotional, physical and spiritual healing and transformation. The gentle guidance and accompaniment requires your permission at every step. It helps you root out and shift or release limiting core beliefs, rapidly and effectively bringing about helpful shifts in self-awareness and self-understanding and promoting self-connection and self-compassion. Learn more about ThetaHealing® (ThetaHealing.com) through dissociation and RA/MC aware ThetaHealing® Teacher and Practitioner Leila Kubegusa at route32.be.

 

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is founder Gary Craig’s emotional version of acupuncture. Where acupuncture, acupressure and the like primarily focus on physical ailments, EFT applies this ancient process directly to emotional issues. This, in turn, often provides benefits for performance and physical issues. Learn more about Emotional Freedom Techniques at Emofree.com      

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is Francine Shapiro’s integrative information processing approach to healing trauma and PTSD by addressing past experiences, current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health. Learn more about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing at EMDR.com

 

Natural Reassociation Method (NRM) is Melisa Noel’s upcoming new approach to RA/MC recovery that capitalizes on our innate healing capacities. NRM’s principles, benefits and paradigm shifts are transforming how survivors and support persons view and experience recovery, while also improving results and sustainability for many. Learn more about the Natural Reassociation Method at MelisaNoel.com