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Normalizing Dissociation Part 2: Depersonalization

Normalizing Dissociation Part 2: Depersonalization

Depersonalization is a way of experiencing the self. It’s a form of dissociation that manifests in a variety of ways that all boil down to a sense of detachment or separateness from one’s self. And though depersonalization is a chronic part of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, it isn’t something only those of us with DID experience. For most people, episodes of depersonalization are transient, infrequent, and typically occur during periods of high stress.

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My Dissociative Memory is a Problem

My Dissociative Memory is a Problem

Despite reminder tools and sheer determination, I keep forgetting to take my medication. I get up in the morning and think to myself, ‘Now don’t forget to take your medication!’ while heading to the bathroom where it’s waiting for me in a brightly colored container right there on the counter. And I repeatedly discover, much later in the day, those pills lying untouched in their little compartments. I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and this is just one example of how my dissociative memory affects my everyday life. On its own it may not seem like a big deal. And if my memory problems were exclusive to forgetting medication or if they were irregular, here-and-there occurrences they probably wouldn’t be much of an issue. But what I just described is how my memory works all the time, with everything.

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Why PTSD Symptoms Flare Up in Unlikely Places

Why PTSD Symptoms Flare Up in Unlikely Places

Any form of potential danger can trigger PTSD symptoms, even if it has nothing to do with the original trauma. More on PTSD at the Dissociative Living blog.

Anytime I’m traveling by car – whether I’m the driver or a passenger, whether it’s a quick jaunt to the store or a half-day road trip – detailed visions of gruesome car accidents repeatedly interrupt my thoughts. These intrusive images are involuntary and a common symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (typically comorbid in those with dissociative identity disorder). Until recently, I didn’t understand why these particular intrusive images plague me so. I’ve never been in a serious car accident. It surprised me to learn what now seems obvious: any form of potential danger can trigger PTSD symptoms.

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What Is Dissociation? Part 3: Dissociative Amnesia

What Is Dissociation? Part 3: Dissociative Amnesia

We’ve covered depersonalization and derealization, two of the five core dissociative symptoms. As someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder, both of those forms of dissociation affect me regularly. But the remaining three impact my life most profoundly. Dissociative amnesia, as I’ll explain, is a deeply frustrating and disruptive part of living with DID.

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