Dissociation is a major factor in a number of psychological diagnoses. One of them is Borderline Personality Disorder, something I have at a subclinical level. Dissociation is often overlooked as an element of mental illness though. People rarely discuss it, and unlike “triggers”, it’s not thrown around as an explanation for behaviors. However dissociation is very real and has some serious consequences. It’s also something that many people experience without knowing what to call it or how to deal with it, and it can be debilitating and terrifying. For these reasons, I’d like to give an overview of some of the ways I’ve experienced dissociation, and how I’ve fought back against it.
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My girlfriend was having problems with this and your article helped me help her so thank you for that.
I’m so glad to hear that! I hope things go well for you guys in the future 🙂
Thank you for this beautiful article . Nothing made sense until I read this. Are you in a relationship now ? If so how is it going?
I’m so glad it was helpful! I am actually in a relationship and it’s going amazing! I am engaged to be married in June, and I’m pretty darn excited.
Congratulations!!! You give me hope.How did you manage to not push your partner away this time ? What helped? How did you know she was the one?
I’m actually a woman engaged to a man. It helped first, to have a lot of therapy that helped me to identify when I was dissociating or overwhelmed and how to communicate that to my partner. Second, he is incredibly patient, and does not get upset or frustrated if I need to not have physical contact for a while. I’ve also reduced a lot of my dissociation by reducing my anxiety. I sleep a LOT and that helps. Regular exercise has been big. Getting my meds under control was really helpful. Probably the biggest game changer for me though was making a core group of very solid friends who are understanding of anxiety and who are willing to hang out and talk no matter what state I’m in. All that helped lower the anxiety, and with less anxiety came less dissociation and more tools to communicate with my partner.
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