My professional beliefs about dissociative disorders are based on the evidence-based research that has been conducted in this area. Dissociative disorders can be a difficult experience for individuals to cope with and there is not one single cause or treatment available. However, I believe that dissociative disorders should be recognized as real mental health conditions, rather than something imagined by the individual who experiences it or caused by an external factor such as trauma (Maihofer et al., 2017). Additionally, I believe that these conditions need to be taken seriously and addressed holistically through individualized care plans which include psychotherapy, medication when necessary, support systems, lifestyle changes and so forth in order to achieve optimal levels of functioning (Rodriguez-Seijas & Cardeña E., 2020).
The current literature suggests that many people may suffer from some form of mild dissociation without any significant distress or impairment (van der Kolk et al., 1996). When these symptoms become more severe however they can interfere with daily life activities. Common examples of this include disassociation from emotions, difficulty maintaining relationships and concentration problems (Knowles et al., 2015). As such it is important to recognize the severity of the condition and treat it accordingly. With appropriate treatment individuals can learn new coping skills while gaining insight into their triggers and how to best manage them.
Explain your professional beliefs about dissociative disorders, supporting your rationale with at least three scholarly references from the literature.
It also appears likely that genetics may play a role in developing dissociative disorders alongside environmental factors like trauma (Koren et al., 2018). It is important therefore to obtain a comprehensive history in order to assess each case individually while exploring risk factors associated with an increased likelihood of developing the disorder. Understanding relevant family dynamics can also provide useful information which could inform therapy session content moving forward. Finally certain medications have been found effective for treating both anxiety related symptoms which often accompany this condition as well as disruption in normal thought processes associated with severe cases (Zahavi & Zuriel A., 2019).
In conclusion my professional beliefs about dissociative disorders are based on evidence-based research indicating its seriousness requiring appropriate recognition and intervention plans tailored specifically for each individual’s needs including psychotherapy sessions addressing underlying causes combined with pharmacological management if necessary together with support systems aimed at helping clients reach their optimal level of functioning within society.