Dissociation is the sense of being disconnected from your body, your emotions or the world around you. It’s normal for everyone to dissociate to an extent at some point in their lives, however, if someone experiences something very stressful or traumatic then their brain may disconnect in order to cope.
Types of dissociation
Everyone’s experience of dissociation is different but there are common symptoms that have been grouped together into a range of categories:
Derealisation – feeling disconnected from the world around you.
Depersonalisation – feeling disconnected from your body.
Dissociative amnesia – losing memory of things that have happened to you or things you have done.
Dissociative fugue – Reversible amnesia of personal identity which can last days, months or years.
Identity alteration – A change in your personal identity. You may or may not remember your previous identity.
Identity confusion – Difficulty defining what kind of person you are or feeling as though there is another person inside you.