Dr. Jamie D. Kirkpatrick, PsyD, LMFT
"Helping you to discover your light"

Dissociation

Dissociation is a mental process that causes a lack of connection in a
person’s thoughts, memory and sense of identity. Dissociation falls on a continuum of severity.


Mild dissociation would be like daydreaming, getting “lost” in a book, or when you are driving down a familiar stretch of road and realize that you do not remember the last
several miles. A severe and more chronic form of dissociation is seen in
the disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), once called Multiple
Personality Disorder (MPD), and other Dissociative Disorders.


Other dissociative disorders include dissociative amnesia, such as “psychogenic amnesia” (the inability to recall personally significant memories) or “psychogenic fugue” (memory loss characteristic of amnesia, loss of one’s identity, and fleeing from one’s home environment). You also may experience derealization (the sense of the world not being real), depersonalization (the sense of being detached from, or “not in” one’s body), or identity confusion (a sense of confusion about who a person is).

Whatever you may be experiencing in regards to these very confusing, anxiety provoking, and stressful reactions, I can help you develop techniques and coping skills
that can help you not feel so lost and alone.

Take steps now to understand your triggers, integrate traumatic memories, and
feel whole again.