Can PTSD Cause Dissociation?

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ptsd symptom guide

Dissociation can feel like a lack of connection to others or being disconnected from your body. You may experience the world as feeling unreal or out of focus and it may feel like you’re operating on autopilot more often than not.

Dissociation is defined as “an altered sense of the reality of one’s surroundings or oneself.”

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What does dissociation really feel like?

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For me, it means I am never truly ‘present.’ There is always a part of my brain that is shut down. Some days, this means I have no concept of time. I will function on autopilot for hours or even days at a time.

Mary F., Mighty community member
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Dissociation is strongly associated with trauma and trauma-related diagnoses, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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