5 Signs You're Experiencing Dissociation



There are many ways our bodies escape from stress. One way is through dissociation. Dissociation is a defense mechanism where we unconsciously push away conflicting or threatening emotions from our subconscious mind. It’s a form of compartmentalizing your feelings so that you do not have to deal with them. Below are a few different signs that you are or have experienced dissociation.

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We also made a video about the differences between Depersonalization vs Derealization: https://youtu.be/_1GCjggflEU

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