About Dissociation | CPTSD, Borderline, Depersonalization/Derealization, OSDD, Dissociative Identity



About Dissociation:
[Edited version: for Readability]

* Mild dissociation
– A psychic self-care system, used to mediate input and psychic-stress. Experienced by all people (e.g. “highway hypnosis”)

* Chronic, moderate to severe dissociation; Dissociative Disorders – used to disconnect awareness of traumatically overwhelming experiences. The role of childhood trauma, such as unmet survival/ dependency-needs and caregivers that are inconsistent or threatening. The link between dissociation & environments of prolonged stress of which there is no escape

* More on Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) and Dissociative Disorders

* Depersonalization & Derealization – Common descriptions include: Feeling numb, hollow, empty; Feeling unreal, feeling the world is unreal; Disconnected from body/ self/ experiences/ surroundings/ world; Floating outside myself; Watching from behind my eyes, inside my head; Glass pane, or fog, between me and the world; Feeling invisible, like a ghost; Not me, not myself; The world looks like a TV screen; Tunnel vision; Sounds like underwater, etc…

* Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Otherwise Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD) –
Involves Depersonalization & Derealization, Identity Confusion, Identity Alteration, and Amnesia in DID; Differences in dissociative-amnesia & elaboration of parts between DID & OSDD

* The neurology of dissociation:
Trauma, dissociation, flashbacks–and the role of the hippocampus in memory formation & processing; Personalization vs Depersonalization of memory

* Benefits of recovery from dissociation

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