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I have a question about dissociation, since I'm not the only one in my family with ptsd. what can cause it? can you describe what it's like if you can? I know it's different for everyone but I need to know if it's something I've experienced and how it's different from what my family's going through. when does it become like a diagnosable condition? sorry if these are stupid questions, I'm just afraid to talk about it with my family.

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  • KittyKatKuo

    354d

    It can vary honestly but for me it's like sometimes I get lost in my own head or thoughts like trapped in there till I'm jersey back to reality. Other times its almost a out of body experience, I can see and hear what's going on but it's like I'm not able to move cuz I'm not in my body. Sometimes it's I stare off into space and can't stop till my attention is interrupted. Othertimes you don't realize your doing it and you have people repeat what they say or lose different spans of time. I'm not sure if it can be a diagnosis as it comes with ptsd, add/add, trauma etc.

    • SkylarHoffman

      354d

      I've had our of body experiences I didn't know that's my PTSD

      • KittyKatKuo

        354d

        yep that's a part of it, dissociation in its finest

      • KittyKatKuo

        354d

        but I can also be a type of anxiety/panic attack or triggered state as well

  • breadbored

    354d

    oh that makes sense. My friend made it sound like she was diagnosed, maybe she was just talking about symptoms of her ptsd. I never knew whether to call what I was dealing with dissociation or just a weird panic attack without the intense panic😂 idk

    • KittyKatKuo

      354d

      yeah dissociation is the result of many issues it its like a secondary symptom. Panic attacks actually aren't always the panic driven outward freak outs. Silent panic attacks are a thing and you may not realize you're even having one. You may be so use to it or think it's normal *your normal) so you don't see it as an attack. You can dissociate while even having a silent attack, it's all complex honestly bit it's likely you've experiance one or even both of these but we're unable to identify it. You can look into silent panic/anxiety/trigger attacks and read the sympotoms to see if that may be something you deal with without realizing it.

  • Cece7

    354d

    My therapist thinks my dissociating is due to my PTSD. She said that it’s part of how my brain has been protecting me in a way because it helps you feel less and not be as much in moments of trauma and pain. But becomes an issue of course when you’re not in any danger that could “benefit from it”. For me it feels like all of a sudden I am not apart of my body. Almost as if I’m my spirit and my body is just some vessel I’m apart of but doesn’t feel like it belongs in. I’m hyper aware of my body movements. I feel like I don’t recognize myself. I have trouble walking sometimes if it’s extreme too. Just like overthink how everything is moving and how I’m connected to it all. Which of course leads to panic attacks which make the symptoms worse!

    • breadbored

      350d

      that sounds awful but also a lot of it is familiar to me... thank you for explaining it for me!!💕

  • bellasloading

    353d

    disassociation is a protection mechanism think of what makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable that can be a huge trigger

  • fawnly

    350d

    Like others have mentioned, dissociation is a coping mechanism to handle stress. It's an escape. Dissociation is normal in times of stress, especially during and after a traumatic event, but it becomes a disorder once you are doing it consistently every time you are stressed or anxious. (Then it becomes Depersonalization and/or Derealization) It's kind of complex but I've noticed for me I developed a disorder because I was not fully 'there' for a very long time after a traumatic incident, but once I started doing trauma therapy and accepting what happened I'm slowly feeling more grounded.

    • breadbored

      350d

      oh that makes sense thank you!🙏

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