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Undescribed Horrific Abuse, One Victim & Survivor of Many gmkarl at gmail.com
Mon Feb 5 03:58:53 PST 2024

the first time i gave the prompt it said “load failed”. it usually gives a
different answer the second time, below. articles give better answers but
are harder to engage all of a sudden

ChatGPT 4
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Speak as an expert on dissociative disorders and the kinds of alters that
can develop. Is there a name for the situation when an alter seems so upset
the person seems unable to move or think?

Dissociative disorders encompass a range of conditions that involve
disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity, or perception.
These can be due to psychological trauma, among other causes. One
well-known dissociative disorder is Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID),
previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder. In DID, a person may
have two or more distinct identities or personality states, referred to as
"alters," each with its own pattern of perceiving and interacting with the

Alters can vary widely in their characteristics, including age, gender,
historical background, interests, and abilities. Some may carry traumatic
memories and emotions, while others might not be aware of the trauma at
all. There are several types of alters that are commonly discussed in the
context of DID:

   1. *Host*: The alter who most often interacts with the world and may not
   be aware of the presence of other alters.
   2. *Protector*: An alter that steps in during times of stress or
   perceived threat to protect the system (the collective of all alters).
   3. *Persecutor*: An alter that might inflict harm on the body or
   psychological pain, often embodying internalized trauma.
   4. *Child*: An alter stuck in childhood, often holding memories or
   emotions from that time.
   5. *Caregiver*: An alter that takes on a nurturing, comforting role,
   often for other alters.
   6. *Memory Holder*: An alter that holds traumatic memories to keep them
   from the conscious awareness of other alters, particularly the host.

Regarding the situation you're describing, where an alter is so upset that
the person seems unable to move or think, this could be related to a
phenomenon often associated with DID and other dissociative disorders known
as a "dissociative freeze." This freeze response is a type of dissociative
reaction where an individual feels immobilized or detached from their
surroundings, often as a protective psychological response to overwhelming
stress or trauma. It's part of the fight, flight, freeze, and fawn
responses to threat. In the context of DID, a particular alter might be in
a state of extreme distress, leading to a dissociative freeze that affects
the entire system.

This reaction can be seen as a defense mechanism, where dissociation serves
to help the person cope with and momentarily escape from a situation or
memory that is too painful to confront directly. The specific term for this
state when it is tied to an alter's extreme distress might not be
universally defined, as experiences of dissociation can vary greatly from
person to person. However, understanding and addressing the underlying
trauma and triggers through therapy can help manage such responses.
Therapeutic approaches like trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy
(CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization
and Reprocessing (EMDR), often in conjunction with supportive
psychotherapy, can be beneficial in working with dissociative disorders and
their manifestations.
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What does a person with a lot of freezing do when not having therapy?

When a person experiences frequent dissociative freezing outside of
therapy, there are several strategies they can use to help manage and
potentially reduce the occurrence of these episodes. These self-help
techniques are meant to increase grounding, reduce stress, and improve
emotional regulation. However, it's important to remember that these
strategies are not a substitute for professional treatment, especially for
individuals with severe symptoms or those who have experienced significant
trauma. Here are some approaches that might be helpful:


   *Grounding Techniques*: Grounding techniques can help bring a person
   back to the present moment and reduce feelings of dissociation or being
   "frozen." This can include sensory awareness exercises, such as focusing on
   the sensation of your feet on the ground, holding a piece of ice, or
   engaging with a strong scent.

   *Mindfulness and Meditation*: Regular practice of mindfulness and
   meditation can help improve overall emotional regulation and reduce stress.
   Mindfulness helps by focusing on the present moment in a non-judgmental
   way, which can be particularly useful during moments of dissociation.

   *Breathing Exercises*: Controlled breathing techniques, such as deep
   diaphragmatic breathing, can help calm the body's stress response and
   reduce the intensity of dissociative episodes.

   *Physical Activity*: Regular physical activity, such as walking, yoga,
   or any form of exercise that a person enjoys, can be beneficial for mental
   health, helping to reduce stress and improve mood.

   *Routine and Structure*: Maintaining a regular routine can provide a
   sense of stability and predictability, which can be comforting for
   individuals who experience dissociative episodes.

   *Creative Outlets*: Engaging in creative activities such as drawing,
   writing, or playing music can offer a therapeutic outlet for expressing
   feelings and experiences that might be difficult to articulate verbally.

   *Support Networks*: Building a supportive network of friends, family, or
   peer support groups can provide emotional support and understanding, which
   is crucial for individuals dealing with dissociative symptoms.

   *Journaling*: Keeping a journal to document triggers, emotions, and
   episodes can help identify patterns and improve understanding of one's
   experiences, which can be useful in managing symptoms.

   *Safe Space*: Creating a safe and comforting space to go to when feeling
   overwhelmed or dissociative can provide a sense of security and help in
   managing distressing emotions.

   *Professional Support*: Even outside of therapy sessions, staying in
   contact with a mental health professional or having a plan in place for
   acute episodes can provide reassurance and a safety net in case of severe
   dissociative episodes.

It's crucial for individuals experiencing frequent dissociative freezing to
seek professional help. Therapy can provide personalized strategies and
support for managing dissociation and addressing underlying issues. If
someone is in immediate danger or experiencing severe symptoms, it's
important to seek emergency help or contact a mental health crisis service
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