Dissociation is the disconnection
from full awareness of self, time, and/or external circumstances. It is a complex neuropsychological process
exists along a continuum from normal everyday experiences
that interfere with everyday functioning.
Researchers and clinicians believe that dissociation
is a common, naturally occurring defense against childhood trauma
tend to dissociate more readily than adults. Faced with overwhelming abuse
, it is not surprising that children would psychologically flee (dissociate) from full awareness of their experience.
Studies have shown that most people who have dissociative disorders
, were subjected to trauma before age 8. PTSD
would be more likely to result in a person any older, since children dissociative more readily than older persons.
During the period of time when a person is dissociating, certain information
is not associated with other information as it would be normally
. Because this process can produce changes in memory
, people who frequently dissociate often find their senses of personal history and identity are affected.
may become an automatic response to anxiety
even in non-abusive situation. The vestigial defensive pattern that persists into adulthood, long after the traumatic circumstances are past, can result in a full-fledged dissociative disorder