Dissociation

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Dissociation enables many a child or adult to get through a traumatic event as it is happening so that they can live to face another day.  Dissociation becomes an issue when it is an automatic or unconscious way of dealing with everyday life stresses, situations and people.

Dissociation can be experienced in many forms.  For example, most of us have had the experience of daydreaming during a boring lecture.  The act of being elsewhere with our awareness is dissociation in the broadest sense of the word. Dissociation exists on a continuum.  On the extreme end is having no idea what just happened, as if jumping out of the body, even if only for a split-second. Some might even develop different personalities to deal with certain traumatic events in life, commonly called Dissociated Identity Disorder (DID).

Depersonalization is another form of dissociation. Depersonalization is feeling that you don’t belong to your body. In the extreme you may not recognize your reflection in a mirror.   Some experience depersonalization as a numbness in the body or as a complete disconnection from the body altogether.  Numbness can refer to emotions as well as to the physical body.