Dissociation, what is it, how do we deal with it? Mental Heath with Kati Morton

Dissociation, what is it, how do deal it? Mental Heath Videos with Kati Morton Dissociation is a term in psychology describing a wide array of experiences from mild detachment from immediate surroundings to more severe detachment from physical and emotional experience. It is commonly displayed on a continuum. The major characteristic of all dissociative phenomena involves a detachment from reality -- rather than a loss of reality as in psychosis. In mild cases, dissociation can be regarded as a coping mechanism or defense mechanisms in seeking to master, minimize or tolerate stress -- including boredom or conflict. At the nonpathological end of the continuum, dissociation describes common events such as daydreaming while driving a vehicle. Further along the continuum are non-pathological altered states of consciousness. More pathological dissociation involves dissociative disorders, including dissociative fugue and depersonalization disorder with or without alterations in personal identity or sense of self. These alterations can include: a sense that self or the world is unreal (depersonalization and derealization); a loss of memory (amnesia); forgetting identity or assuming a new self (fugue); and fragmentation of identity or self into separate streams of consciousness (dissociative identity disorder, formerly termed multiple personality disorder) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Dissociative disorders are sometimes triggered by trauma, but may be preceded only by stress, psychoactive substances, or no identifiable trigger at all. The ICD-10 classifies conversion disorder as a dissociative disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders groups all dissociative disorders into a single category. Although some dissociative disruptions involve amnesia, other dissociative events do not. Dissociative disorders are typically experienced as startling, autonomous intrusions into the person's usual ways of responding or functioning. Due to their unexpected and largely inexplicable nature, they tend to be quite unsettling. Kati Morton, MFTI Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/katimorton Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=katimorton Playlist Complete "Healthy Mind, Healthy Body!": https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_loxoCVsWqzvKjM9HCbL1sWxsWJSRLNK Types of Eating Disorders: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_loxoCVsWqz_CKEMjHx8o-umO1TzzaDr Eating Disorders Explained: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAB41960D35357E06 Dietitian series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_loxoCVsWqx8b27IXCAQNcpfMtcwmiXD Self-Harm: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_loxoCVsWqxUuzhjHu7Ra_UyKd4tEde2 Live Broadcasts: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_loxoCVsWqxDKOXuVu3Uho-409fNOEAl Kind words from you: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_loxoCVsWqxJnRXSOBkq1bKm6S8vUE_M Help Techniques: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL14F50E070238DF4E My other sites: My Website: https://www.katimorton.com Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/katimorton Tumblr: https://www.katimorton.tumblr.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katimorton1 Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/katimorton1 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/CLrH/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Mitchell Davis talks Agoraphobia, OCD & Panic Attacks | On The Couch Ep. 3 with Kati Morton" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra8gUzMUuXY -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

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Dylan Frazier: I have dealt with depersonalization/derealization off and on for quite a while. The best thing I've found to relieve it is alternate-nostril breathing. You ground both feet on the floor, sit up straight in a chair, place one hand on your knee with index finger and thumb touching, and with the other hand use your index and middle finger to apply light pressure between the eyes (third eye). Use your pinky and thumb to open and close nostrils. Breathe in left nostril, out the right, back in the right, and out the left again. That's one count. Do it as many times as you need to relax. I usually do nine. It will absolutely help.

Dub C: can anyone tell me if what happened to me this weekend was disascioation or derealization or something else? I recently came off quite a long alcohol binge, and have head intense anxiety as a result 24/7 for about 3 weeks. this weekend with this heightened anxiety I had to travel out of town to go to a wedding which amplified my anxiety ten fold. I basically was in a state of extremely high anxiety for 3-4 days straight, and was getting like 2 hours at a time of fragmented sleep per night, usually 4-5 hours total. well on the last night I only had 2 hours sleep after already beeing multiple nights behind on sleep and the next day
walking around in the morning I felt zero emotion or anything really when walking around looking at people. looking at people and scenerey evoke emotions in me usually but I felt literally nothing, and because of this their body movements seemed to be more noticable and almost "played out" like it was all a movie or something, like i'd seen it all before and it was boring. I also am normally am quite self concious about people looking at me in general and feel anxious about myself but all those fears and worries were gone.. it was like i was just walking around looking at things without any kind of thoughts or emotions. just looking at the movements of people.. even looking at my family I felt almost nothing and like I didnt know them, which was terrifying. Thankfully this passed after maybe half an hour but it scared the shit out of me as I have never expereinced that or anything liek that and thought I had a psychotic break or developed a skitzo dissorder or something.
the same feeling kind of flickered on and off for the rest of the day, but I found it was related to how anxious I was. doing deep breathing and getting my anxiety under control made it go away, and once again could feel emotions, which was a huge relief. i am now worried I will have to deal with this again any time a stressful event in life happens again and this is the new normal for dealing with anxiety.

can anyone tell me what this was ? dissociation? depersonalization? derealization? all these terms are pretty new to me as I have never looked up anything really related to any of this because have never experienced anything like this.

by the way I can still remember all of that and don't have any lapses in memory or anything, although normally I dream every night I sleep and these last 4 nights have been 2 hour at a time dreamless sleep, which is also quite scary.

Madisen Mayden: I haven't been officially diagnosed with Dissociation, but I have experienced it's symptoms.
My way of working through it is talking about it! I've found that verbally expressing what I go through and recognizing what is happening is therapeutic. I also listen to calming music or will step away from what ever situation I am in at the time. If I can't step away, I just tell myself "You're going to be okay... this will pass" over and over again.

zac grey 2017: you got my brain! all symptoms amazingly explained! ur just more cute LoL!

Rick: It would be nice to choose to forget, without anything being suppressed ,only to return in some dissociative identity disorder or some other horrifying jumble of insanity.

Rick: I was reading the words memories sung by Barbra Streisand , where it says what's to painful to remember we simply choose to forget, so it's the laughter we will remember whenever we remember the way we were. Sure we do 😑

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Rosie Stamper: I commented on a video once saying about my experiences and asking for help, someone told me I probably have dissosociation. I don't really know what happens to me, its like one moment I'm fine, if a little sressed , the next it feels like I a not in my own body. if I speak it feels like I'm not speaking, its like I'm listening to someone else speak. my brain goes foggy and I cant think or move like I normally can. I don't know if this is dissociation or if its something else. any advice???????

Lawrence Davis: sorry, talk therapy will not help. A body based approach is needed.

Darien Weise: Thank you so much for posting your videos. Especially the ones about BPD or dbt related. It really helps. <3 - Dare

Jorge Zavala: I've been abused emotionaly and physicaly when i was a kid, but now i'm 24 years old and i just recently tried marihuana in college, which was crazy because i felt awake for the first time in my life. I was understanding a whole group conversation, i esa feeling relaxed and not confused about all.

Does anyone else has felt this way?

Ana: I've already been diagnosed with depression and GAD. My therapist recognized my patterns of dissociation. I confused them for something else. This video (and some of your others) has definitely helped me learned some more about myself. I really appreciate that. Thank you. : )

TaeSungPark: Can people with schizophrenia have dissociation?

Ashley Wallace: Most people aren't as deliberately perceptive as u have to be when ur grounding urself using ur senses. If you are in a situation where u can record urself (in writing or on a voice recorder) it can actually produce beautifully raw poetry. I love the idea of harnessing something that can be extremely scary and stereotypically destructive to create a piece of art. Also, I've found that focusing on rhyme and/or cadence can redirect my negative train of thought and is a fun way to distract myself while I get back to a calm, safe state.

toniel miller: ive been feeling lately that there's so many little things that i just dont know how to deal with , and lately my family is too busy so im struggling alone... Ive watched this video before, but its helpful to listen to it again, because I feel like another person on here that said you feel like your lifes wasting away... I just sometimes dont know what to do, and dont know how to just be strong and deal with things...So like katie mentioned your mind shuts down and says too much too fast... That's exactly what its like..

AwesomeShelbiNicole: I don't know if this is some form of dissociation, but sometimes even if I am in the middle of doing things I tend to space out. I don't remember it like I know I can continue what I am doing (say I am loading a dishwasher I will continue doing that but I have been told I get a look in my eye like lights are on but nobodies home) then after a few minutes I'll come out of it and not remember what I was doing or saying. Sometimes it happens when I have had a hard time and sometimes it happens randomly.

Olivia Marie: Okay, but what if I've never experienced a trauma, what if nothing specific triggers my dissociation? What if I'm just sitting down watching a movie and when I get up to go make dinner, I suddenly feel dissociated? I'm not a trauma survivor and nothing has ever really happened to me that when I talk about it, I dissociate in ways others notice. What about just feeling dissociated or depersonalized for days on end, even two weeks, for no reason?

Tc Pk: The only tip I have aside from some of the obvious is splashing my face with ice cold water, dosing my head in it or taking a cold shower if I can at the time seems to help if I think I am starting to experience this, I can't do the breathing or meditation either they make it worse. I used to do exercise but recent health issues have made that difficult and not as feasible.

1irishredhead: is this why I suddenly get very sleepy sometimes during stressful situations??

kael'thas sunstrider: I don't "wake up" but I barely remember anything. I feel so weird.

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