Dissociative Issues

Dissociative issues exist on a spectrum, but all involve the person dissociating  from their thoughts, feelings, sensations and/ or lived experiences as a means of survival and to regulate states of extreme overwhelm and distress.

Symptoms of dissociative issues might include but are not limited to:

  • Feeling unreal
  • Feeling the world is unreal
  • Not remembering where you have been and what you have been doing (not related to drugs, alcohol or other neurological condition)
  • Hearing voices and inner dialogue
  • Out of body experiences
  • Distorted self image
  • Unable to recognise yourself
  • Detached from emotions
  • Feeling friends and family are strangers and you are not connected to them.
  • Perception of objects changing (colour, size, shape etc)
  • Identity confusion
  • Having distinct separate identities ranging from adult to child.
  • Unsure of boundaries between self and others.
  • Feeling there are different people inside you.
  • Flashbacks

There is a link between more complex dissociative disorders and the experience of childhood sexual abuse.

For more information about Dissociative Issues, please see the following links:

Dissociative disorders – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Effects of Complex Dissociative Disorders – First Person Plural

Dissociation-in-Children-Teens-Resource_compressed.pdf (beaconhouse.org.uk)