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The effects of Dissociative Disorders

Dissociation can affect perception, thinking , feeling, behaviour, body and memory. So the person with a dissociative disorder has to cope with many challenges in life. The impact of dissociation varies form person to person and my change over time. How well a person appears to be coping is not a good way of telling how severally affected they are. People can be doing responsible jobs or raising families. By using dissociation and compensating for it with other exhausting strategies people put up a good front. Some of the common effects are derealisation, identity confusion and identity alteration. Derealisation is experience when the word around you seems unreal. You may see objects changing in shape, size or colour, or you may feel that other people are robots. Identity confusion occurs when feeling uncertain about who you are. You may feel as if there is struggle within you to define yourself. Identity alteration occurs when there is a shift in your identity that changes your behaviour in ways that others could notice. For instance, you may be very different at work from when you are at home. The effects of dissociation may include: gaps in memory, finding yourself in a strange place without knowing how you got there, out of body experiences, loss of feeling in parts of your body, distorted views of your body, forgetting important personal information, inability to recognise your image in a mirror, a sense of detachment form your emotions, the impression of watching a movie of yourself, feelings of being unreal, internal voices and dialogue, feeling detached form the world, forgetting appointments, feeling that a customary environment is unfamiliar, a sense that what is happening is unreal, forgetting a learned talent or skill, as sense that people you know are strangers, feeling you don’t know who you are, acting like different people, including child like behaviour, being unsure of the boundaries between yourself and others, feeling like a stranger into yourself, being confused about your sexuality or gender, feeling like there are different people inside you, referring to yourself as we, being told by others that you have behaved out of character, finding items in your possession that you don’t remember buying or receiving, writing in different handwriting and having knowledge of a subject you don’t recall studying.

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