Dissociation is a trauma response where you are physically there and mentally ‘spaced out’ and might not have many memories.
Dissociation begins in childhood when there’s an environment that is too chaotic, stressful, or overwhelming. When we exist with unresolved trauma in the mind and the body, the nervous system can shut down and dissociation becomes a normal lived experience.
Signs of Dissociation –
- People often feel dazed, or they have maladaptive (chronic) day dreaming
- They are confused at what’s real, who you are or where you are.
- They are detached from their own emotions, or as if you are watching life from over-head (an out of body experience)