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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.

The main symptoms of a dissociative disorder include feeling disconnected from yourself and the world around you, and memory gaps.

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

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

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptoms of a dissociative disorder include feeling disconnected from yourself and the world around you, and memory gaps.

Symptoms of a dissociative disorder

Symptoms of dissociative disorder can vary but may include:

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

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.

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.

Talking therapies

Talking therapies are often recommended for dissociative disorders.

The aim of talking therapies such as counselling 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 like 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.