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    Would electric shock treatment help me?

    I suffer from did's.I were diagnosed with this by my therapist and 2 from the logan hospital.It's getting worse.It's harder to control,would electric shock treatment help? What does it involve and how does in work?
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    *Writing as a reseacher, not a health professional*

    I guess that by “did's” you mean Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)? If so, I can't find anything in PubMed (the biomedical literature database) about using ECT (“electric shock treatment”)  to treat DID.

    Approaches which are often used to treat DID include dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), hypnotherapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

    I suggest that you talk with your care team. Ask lots of questions - eg, why do they think that ECT (compared to the other approaches) might meet your needs best? Think about their answers and then make up your own mind.

    All the best.

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    If you have just found out  it is like opening pandoras box. Its seems worse right now because your system is crying out to be heard, needs to be heard and supressing everyone inside will make things worse. Once you become aware of the DID you go through the crying out phase and until that is worked through the business of it all inside takes longer to settle. I can only imagine shock therapy would freak everyone inside out. I have heard of people doing this and I havent heard of any success. Your DID system needs nurturing and understanding. You learnt to dissociate from a young age, not your fault. DID is a survival mechanism of the brain and this saved your life. The trick now is to learn to manage your system as a team. 

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