Dissociation is a disconnection between a person's sensory experience, thoughts, sense of self, or personal history. People may feel a sense of unreality and lose their connection to time, place, and identity. Breaks in this system of automatic functions cause the symptoms of dissociation. Dissociation can range from a mild sense of detachment to a more severe disconnection from reality. In addition to these dissociative disorders, dissociation may also occur as a symptom of other conditions including:. If you have a condition such as PTSD or a dissociative disorder, you may sometimes have felt "disconnected" from yourself.
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Posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD is a set of symptoms — feeling jittery, sleeping problems, trouble concentrating — that someone develops after they experience something harmful, terrifying, or upsetting. Any kind of extreme stress can lead to PTSD. It often develops after a direct experience in which someone is seriously injured or threatened with injury or death. It also can happen to people who witness stressful events or learn about an unexpected or violent death or injury to a family member or close friend. In some cases, PTSD can develop after repeated or extreme exposure to traumatic events.
NCBI Bookshelf. Leicester UK : Gaskell; When the diagnosis of PTSD was first formulated in American Psychiatric Association, it was initially believed that it would not be relevant to children and young people.