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since I was a teen, maybe even younger, I have lost time &

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since I was a teen, maybe even younger, I have lost time & have been told of things I've supposedly done, but don't remember anything about the occasion. This has caused trouble in my marriage, my friendships & life. I have gone to several dr.'s & they have said that there is nothing physically wrong with me. I'm not depressed. I want to know if there is help for someone who loses a lot of time & doesn't remember things.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Suzanne replied 4 years ago.

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If there is a history of trauma in your background, losing time might be a symptom of dissociation, or Dissociative Identity Disorder.(DID). Dissociation is a coping technique that usually develops in childhood, when the child is helpless in a situation. The child copes by removing herself mentally from the trauma. However, as the child gets older, this way of coping can be very disruptive, as you've mentioned.

 

Here are the links: As you read, it's important to remember that there are a wide range of symptoms within the DID framework--not everyone develops other personalities.

 

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dissociative-disorders/DS00574/DSECTION=symptoms

 

 

http://www.sidran.org/sub.cfm?contentID=75§ionid=4

 

If these symptoms, or some of them, seem to fit, you'll want to see a counselor who specializes in DID or trauma. Here's a directory to help you find a therapist in your area:

http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/

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