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Dissociation

You thought you had forgotten all about the mugging. But when you were walking home from work your heart started pounding and your mouth dried up. You felt like you couldn't get home soon enough. You practically ran the last block and quickly locked the door behind you.

You called your sister, and she reminded you that it has been exactly a year since you were attacked. Funny, you couldn't recollect the date of the mugging, but your body remembered. You might be feeling better if the mugger had been caught, but you weren't able to tell the cops anything about him. All you remember is the point of a knife against your back and the pain of your face being pushed against a brick wall.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Dissociation
  • Dissociation Is a Common Response to Trauma
  • Childhood Trauma Can Cause Chronic Dissociation
  • How to Cope with Dissociative Symptoms

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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