Dissociation is a psychological defense mechanism in which the sufferer disconnects himself or herself from the outside world. This can be done either voluntarily or involuntarily, meaning that the person does not know that he or she is doing it. Dissociative disorders falls into several different categories. These include dissociative amnesia, in which a specific event or time period is blocked from the memory; dissociative identity disorder, which was formerly known as multiple personality disorder; and depersonalization disorder, in which a person is aware of the world around him-or-herself, but feels detached from it.
Some of the symptoms of dissociative disorders include:
- Feeling detached from reality
- Lack of personal identity
- Feeling detached from one’s self
- Distorted perception
- Memory loss or amnesia not caused by a head injury or physical trauma
How we can help
Dissociative disorders can be treated. A licensed counsellor will conduct an evaluation to determine the extent of the disorder and any underlying causes before recommending a therapeutic plan.
Insight Psychological has offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Spruce Grove and Red Deer in order to better serve you and the surrounding community. Please call us and make an appointment today if you or a loved one has a dissociative disorder.
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