Dissociation Symptoms Of Major Depression: Treatment Options

Many people are known to suffer from major depression, a common psychiatric disease. It is characterized by profound disturbance of mood that manifests itself in the form of low self esteem, sadness, sleep disturbance, lack of appetite, fatigue and loss of energy, difficulty in concentration and sometimes even thoughts of committing suicide. It actually saps all energy, interest and motivation of the person.

These symptoms are usually chronic and last for more than two weeks. They may often recur from time to time. The symptoms can hamper a person’s daily activity at his workplace as well as home.

Often major depression is partnered with dissociation.

Dissociation is defined as a process, in which a person moves away from his feelings, thoughts, identity, memory etc consciously. The symptoms of dissociation develop due to extreme mentally stressful environment, abuse during childhood etc. Let us know the symptoms of dissociative major depression.

Dissociation Symptoms Of Major Depression

Dissociation symptoms of major depression can be sudden or chronic or transient that remains for a period of time. They can be categorized into dissociative identity, dissociative fugue and dissociative amnesia.

  • Dissociative identity occurs because of severe depression in the patient.
    It can occur due to events that have traumatic effect of the mind during childhood and in some cases during adulthood. In this condition the person shows two or more identity or personality to cope with the traumatic event or distress. As the child grows, the identity become strong enough for him to personify with those identities he had created in order to protect himself or dissociate with the traumatic event.
  • Dissociative fugue is a type of complete amnesia or loss of memory in which the patient forgets his own identity, name, environment and even his past.
    This usually lasts for few weeks or months. It usually occurs in partnership with major depression.
  • Dissociative amnesia is loss of memory caused due to stressful event during lifetime. It often occurs due to traumatic mental, emotional or physical events during childhood or in adulthood. It is usually associated with major depression and the person concerned is not able to recollect events or people who had been present during that period.

Treatment Options For Dissociation Depression

Many people with dissociation depression recover well with proper treatment and support from family members and friends. One of the mode of treatment is called talking therapy. The patient may need counseling and psychotherapy so that it can help him to cope with the underlying symptom.

There is no specific medicine for dissociation but the associated major depression can be treated with antidepressant medicines. If the patient has suicidal thoughts, he must talk with someone near and dear such as a close friend or a family member whom he trusts. This will help the patient to calm down.