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Being Human under Inhuman Conditions: Meanings of Living with Severe Dissociative States Involving the Experience of Being in Parts
Department of Health, Education and Technology, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7066-955X
Department of Health, Education and Technology, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1624-1795
Department of Health, Education and Technology, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5502-2942
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. UiT/The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9714-577X
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2024 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, E-ISSN 1096-4673Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Severe dissociative states involving the experience of being in parts, typically associated with diagnosis such as dissociative identity disorder and other specified dissociative disorders, continue to be a controversial and rarely studied area of research. However, because persons with severe dissociative states are at risk of being harmed instead of helped within psychiatric care, their experiences of living with such states warrant further examination, while innovative ways to include them in research remain necessary. Against that background, this study aimed to illuminate the meanings of living with severe dissociative states involving the experience of being in parts. This is a phenomenological hermeneutic study with data collected from three social media sources, one personal blog and two Instagram accounts, in February and March 2023. The results were illuminated in light of four themes; Striving to remain in the world, Balancing exposure and trust, Balancing belonging and loneliness and Owning oneselves. The interpretation of the themes suggests that living with severe dissociative states means being a human under inhuman conditions, striving for coherence and meaning in a world that is often unsupportive. This calls for a trauma-informed care to better support recovery for persons with severe dissociative states.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-66482DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2024.2330572ISI: 001205238200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-66482DiVA, id: diva2:1853268
Available from: 2024-04-22 Created: 2024-04-22 Last updated: 2024-05-29Bibliographically approved

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