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Dissociative disorders

Dissociative disorders are a group of conditions where you may feel disconnected from yourself and the world around you.

Symptoms of a dissociative disorder include seizures, loss of sensation, memory loss and identity issues.

Depending on your symptoms, treatment for dissociative disorders can include physical and talking therapies and medicines like antidepressants.

It's not clear what causes dissociative disorders. They may be linked to a traumatic event or stressful situation.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of a dissociative disorder include seizures, loss of sensation, memory loss and identity issues.

Symptoms of a dissociative disorder

Dissociation is a way the mind copes with too much stress.

People who dissociate may feel disconnected from themselves and the world around them.

Periods of dissociation can last for a relatively short time (hours or days) or for much longer (weeks or months).

It can sometimes last for years, but usually if a person has other dissociative disorders.

Many people with a dissociative disorder have had a traumatic event during childhood.

They may dissociate and avoid dealing with it as a way of coping with it.

Someone with a dissociative disorder may have problems with:

They may also feel uncertain about who they are and have many different identities.

Read more on the NHS website.

Depending on your symptoms, treatment for dissociative disorders can include physical and talking therapies and medicines like antidepressants.

Medical treatments

Many people with a dissociative disorder make a full recovery with treatment and support.

Physical therapies may be used to address specific physical symptoms, such as paralysis, speech loss and walking difficulties.

Talking therapies

Talking therapies are often recommended for dissociative disorders.

The aim of talking therapies such as counselling and psychotherapy is to help you cope with the underlying cause of your symptoms, and to learn and practise techniques to manage the periods of feeling disconnected.

Medicines

There's no specific medicine to treat dissociation, but medicines liks antidepressants may be prescribed to treat associated conditions like depression, anxiety and panic attacks.

Read more on the NHS website.

It's not clear what causes dissociative disorders. They may be linked to a traumatic event or stressful situation.

Read more on the NHS website.