Dissociation


Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

Dissociation is a common struggle faced by many people living with Borderline Personality Disorder and other mental illnesses. Dissociation is an umbrella term given to a wide range of symptoms that are defined by a feeling of disconnection, either from oneself or from the world.

Feeling low levels of these symptoms from time to time may be considered “normative”. For example, the average person might experience feelings of being on ‘autopilot’ whilst driving a car every so often, or they might find themselves a little spacey due to fatigue or stress once in a while.

However, if the symptoms are regular and recurring, and significantly affect someone’s functioning and wellbeing, dissociative symptoms may be indicative of an underling problem.

These symptoms manifest in a number of ways and to different degrees depending on the person. Dissociative symptoms exist on a spectrum, and because of the uniqueness of each person’s experiences…

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