Dissociation is the Removal of Painful Information
Associated Counselling has extensive experience working with individuals experiencing traumatic dissociation. Dissociation is about the removal of information. It is our last line of defense in our survival instincts; it is a natural occurring tactic.
Under certain circumstances and at certain ages, especially when individuals are faced with life-threatening trauma, the mind begins to protect itself by disconnecting from the body, viewing events from outside of the body, and blocking out the memory of the traumatic events. Dissociation occurs when people disconnect and separate from all or parts of their bodily perceptions, thoughts, emotions, memory and/or identity.
The Dangers of Chronic Dissociation
Once it has occurred, traumatic dissociation is difficult to “turn off.” With children, the ability to run away or fight off a predator is not that great. Therefore, with children dissociation tends to come easier – if this life-saving tactic is not corrected by an adult, the dissociation can continue to keep going and result in someone who is chronically dissociating. Because this tactic is about a lack of awareness, many people who dissociated as a child might continue their dissociation into adulthood and may not even be aware of it.
Recognize the Symptoms of Dissociation
The symptoms of dissociating are:
The Successful Treatment of Dissociation is Possible
With over 30 years of research, the treatment of traumatic dissociation is possible and beneficial. Many people who have had few therapeutic successes may have dissociation occurring. When a person is finally treated for traumatic dissociation, often there is success and feelings of healing. For more information about dissociation, please view our helpful resources section with links to several organizations dedicated to dissociation research and treatments.