Dissociation: What is it?

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I will try and explain exactly what dissociation is and how it may have already happened to you.

Dissociation is a reaction to trauma and is complex to understand as it is difficult to treat. It is an escape route for the brain to use when a traumatising event happens to an individual, and your consciousness takes a break in a sort of waiting room. Taken at its extreme, dissociative disorder can turn into multiple personality disorder. Multiple personality disorder is when the waiting room is full, and your brain has to make another person to deal with the trauma.

For the purposes of this small article, we will not delve into multiple personality disorder. I encourage you to look at the picture above. This is what dissociative disorder does to an individual, and how this person reacts to it. As you read it, you can almost feel the pain as she does a wonderful job of explaining her emotions.

Our brains kick into protective mode during and sometimes after a serious trauma. The result is like a lifting of your consciousness away from the trauma, and when it is safe, your brain will allow you to return. People go through mild forms of these dissociative events and usually don’t realize that they have experienced it.

jimProlonged exposure to trauma with repeated episodes of dissociation can lead to a split in your personality causing you to take on a different state of mind for the handling of the trauma.

The symptoms of dissociative personality disorder range from amnesia to multiple personality disorder.

“Someone with a dissociative disorder escapes reality in ways that are involuntary and unhealthy. The person with a dissociative disorder experiences a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity.” Mayo Clinic.

If you were exposed to a trauma and think that you may need help dealing with the consequences of dissociation, keep in mind that this is treated with the use of Cognitive Therapy, and medications when necessary.

If you need help with this or any other psychological issue, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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