Did you know that nearly 2.5% of the world’s industrialized population is diagnosed with having some form of dissociative identity disorder (DID)? That means you’re not alone if you have it too. Better still, there are numerous techniques for treating the symptoms, so you can cope with the triggers in more productive ways these days.
How to Start a Blog to Cope with Dissociative Identity Disorder
For example, countless studies have shown the positive psychological impact of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). That form of therapy typically involves cycles of freeform journaling to process various layers of trauma. Thus, starting your own blog may be the key to living with DID. At the very least, it could become a beacon of hope for those suffering from mental illness.
How to know if you have dissociative identity disorder
It may be difficult for the untrained eye to diagnose this condition. It’s often characterized by a significant loss of memory, especially regarding people, places, things, and timelines. It may also involve out-of-body experiences, emotional numbness, or a sense of detachment. Meanwhile, all of those things can make it harder to recognize the other symptoms.
Dissociative mental illness is almost always a response to trauma, so nearly half of all Americans have reported experiencing short bouts of it at least once in their lives. However, chronic DID is much more serious and can lead to extremely risky behaviors, deep depression, and even self-harm if left untreated.
People with this disorder usually develop symptoms before they’re 20 years old. Moreover, it affects women disproportionately to men and is more prevalent in Asian and African American communities as well. So, if you or someone you know is at risk, take a quick at-home assessment before starting your blog.
How does blogging help with mental illness?
Journaling for mental health is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Most of us did it when we were young – scribbling notes in our diaries about this or that. Overwhelming emotions were better managed that way, and we could freely express ourselves without worrying about offending others or revealing too much. Modern-day blogging/vlogging is very similar.
When it comes to mental health as an adult with dissociative identity disorder, consistent blogging can help in the following ways:
- Anxiety management
- Depression relief
- Stress reduction
- Symptom tracking
- Therapy enhancement
Focused blog posts about your day-to-day life as someone with DID is not only interesting and therapeutic but it may also be life-changing for the person reading it. So, use your platform to control symptoms and boost your mood while helping and/or entertaining others at the same time.
TIP: Sprinkle in some positive self-talk and be on the lookout for negative or self-destructive thoughts and compulsions.
How to start a blog to cope with dissociative identity disorder
Even if you’re not technologically savvy, launching a blog isn’t as hard as you may think. Here is a simplified overview of how it’s done whether you’re writing about mental illness or not:
Step 1 – Choose Your Domain Name
Try to come up with something fresh and creative, but make sure it’s still easily searchable by your target audience and not already taken. Remember, your SEO tactics are important throughout the entire process. That’s especially true if you want to reach a lot of people.
Step 2 – Pick a Compatible Hosting Platform
There are countless hosting platforms for new bloggers of every kind, including those who want to focus on mental health and/or personal development. Pick one that works for your blogging concepts and goals, even if that involves selling goods, providing services, or posting videos.
TIP: Blue Host, HostGator, GoDaddy, SquareSpace, Blogger, and Medium are often listed in the top 10.
Step 3 – Set up a Theme and Flow
The theme, direction, purpose, and appearance of your blog can be anything you want it to be. And since you’re writing to cope with dissociative identity disorder, consider making a separate page for each personality expression. That way, you can track the patterns of behavior without getting traits confused.
Step 4 – Create Regular Content
This final step requires you to be as creative and consistent as possible. You may need to set up reminders or ask loved ones to hold you accountable. Meanwhile, try to engage your audience and inspire empathy by writing compelling content at least once or twice per week. If possible, add art, photos, video, or interactive features to keep visitors coming back.
Remember, blogging this way is supposed to be a therapeutic thing. So, consider disabling comments or put a disclaimer on your main page. If you experience cyberbullying or feel attacked in some way, stop posting on your blog for a while or seek professional help.
What to do when blogging is not enough
Dealing with the symptoms of and/or public reactions to dissociative identity disorder can be difficult, and bullying can cause trauma while often leads to anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and antisocial personality disorder (APD).
So, when blogging isn’t enough for you to cope on your own, start learning more about the other treatment options available. Then, reach out to a licensed clinical psychiatrist for individualized therapy if the symptoms start to disrupt your personal or professional life or if they cause unmanageable confusion.