Dissociative Personality Disorder and Ritalin Addiction

Dissociative Personality Disorder and Ritalin Addiction

Dissociative personality disorders are conditions that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity or perception. Using dissociation involuntarily as a defense mechanism is a common feature of the four primary dissociative personality disorders: dissociative amnesia, dissociative identity disorder, dissociative fugue and depersonalization disorder.

Dissociative personality disorders share common characteristics of memory loss, mental health problems, a sense of being detached, depression, distorted perceptions and anxiety. Dissociative disorders are thought to be caused primarily by psychological trauma.

Ritalin Addiction

While Ritalin is most often prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it is a very powerful stimulate that has pharmacological effects similar to those of cocaine and amphetamines. Ritalin abuse can cause the following:

  • Depression
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral changes, such as agitation, aggressive behavior, confusion or changes in social behavior

Ritalin abuse can result in mental and emotional changes in a person because the drug increases the levels of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter linked to mood, pleasure and behavior.

Treatment for Dissociative Personality Disorder and Ritalin Addiction

When a person has both a mental health issue and a substance abuse problem, Dual Diagnosis treatment is necessary. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the best treatment for co-occurring disorders is an integrated approach, where both the substance abuse problem and the mental disorder are treated simultaneously.

In fact, SAMHSA has sponsored the development of an entire portfolio of education materials to assist facilities in understanding integrated treatment and implementing successful treatment programs. According to these materials, up to 56 percent of people with mental illnesses have a co-occurring substance use disorder within their lifetime. These co‑occurring disorders are associated with a variety of negative outcomes, including higher rates of relapse, violence, hospitalization, homelessness and incarceration.

The goal of integrated treatment is to help people in recovery learn to manage both illnesses so that they can pursue personally meaningful life goals. In integrated treatment programs, the same practitioners or treatment team work in one setting and provide mental health and substance abuse therapies in a coordinated fashion. The members of the team are trained in psychopathology, assessment and treatment strategies for both mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Integrated treatment programs actively engage the person to identify his or her personal goals and make the person a part of the decision making process when designing the appropriate therapies used to achieve these goals.

Individual counseling may use a variety of therapies, including cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) or a combinations of therapies intended to help the person identify thoughts or feelings that trigger the urge to use and then help him or her change these thoughts and feelings. Learning to manage negative thoughts and emotions can dramatically help people stay away from substance abuse. Group therapy allows people to develop a peer network by sharing similar experiences, support, empathy and opportunities to socialize.

Treatment for Dissociative Personality Disorder and Ritalin Addiction

If you suffer from dissociate personality disorder and Ritalin addiction, we can help you find an integrated treatment program that is right for you. Please call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about integrated treatment and offer you support. Call now.