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The Effects of Trauma on Your Sense of Self and Reality: What is Dissociation and How to Cope

Coping With Trauma-related Dissociation: A Guide for Survivors and Their Loved Ones

Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that can have lasting effects on a person's mental and physical health. One of the ways that some people cope with trauma is by dissociating, which means disconnecting from their thoughts, feelings, memories, or sense of identity. Dissociation can help a person survive a traumatic situation, but it can also interfere with their daily functioning and well-being.

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If you or someone you care about is struggling with trauma-related dissociation, you may feel confused, scared, or helpless. You may wonder what is happening, why it is happening, and how to deal with it. This article will provide you with some basic information about trauma-related dissociation, its causes, its signs, and its management. It will also offer some tips on how to support someone with trauma-related dissociation.

What is Trauma-related Dissociation?

Dissociation is a mental process that involves a disruption or detachment from one's normal sense of reality. It can affect a person's perception, memory, emotion, behavior, or identity. Dissociation can occur in different degrees, from mild to severe. Some common examples of mild dissociation are daydreaming, zoning out, or forgetting something. These are normal experiences that most people have from time to time.

However, when dissociation is caused by trauma, it can become more frequent, intense, or persistent. Trauma-related dissociation can impair a person's ability to function in their daily life, relationships, or work. It can also increase the risk of developing other mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

There are different types of trauma-related dissociation, depending on how they affect a person's sense of self and reality. Some of the most common types are: