What Does Dissociation Feel Like?

Feeling like you’re looking at yourself from the outside

feel disconnected from parts of your body or your emotions.

feel as if you are floating away.

feel unsure of the boundaries between yourself and other people.

How do I know if I am dissociating?

Common Dissociation Symptoms

  • Daydreaming, spacing out, or eyes glazed over.
  • Acting different, or using a different tone of voice or different gestures.
  • Suddenly switching between emotions or reactions to an event, such as appearing frightened and timid, then becoming bombastic and violent.

What happens when you dissociate?

When people are dissociating they disconnect from their surroundings, which can stop the trauma memories and lower fear, anxiety and shame. Dissociation can happen during the trauma or later on when thinking about or being reminded of the trauma. Dissociation commonly goes along with traumatic events and PTSD.

Is it normal to dissociate?

Dissociation is a mental process that produces a lack of connection in our thoughts, a separation of emotions, physical sensations, memories, actions or even our sense of identity. Most of us experience mild dissociation in our everyday lives. These examples of dissociation are normal, and a mild form of amnesia.

What triggers dissociation?

Triggers are sensory stimuli connected with a person’s trauma, and dissociation is an overload response. Even years after the traumatic event or circumstances have ceased, certain sights, sounds, smells, touches, and even tastes can set off, or trigger, a cascade of unwanted memories and feelings.