In recent months, the topic of dissociation has been trending on TikTok and other social media platforms. As a result, there has been an influx of misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding this complex psychological phenomenon.
So, what exactly is dissociation?
Dissociation is a term used to describe a disconnection between thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and surroundings. It can manifest in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:
- Feeling detached from one’s body or thoughts
- A lack of memory or awareness of certain events or experiences
- An altered sense of time or space
It’s important to note that dissociation is not a mental illness in and ofitself, but rather a symptom that can occur in the context of various mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder, and dissociative disorders.
Despite its prevalence in popular media, it’s important to remember that dissociation is not a trendy or attention-seeking behavior. It is a coping mechanism that individuals may use to deal with overwhelming or traumatic situations. It is not something to be romanticized or trivialized.
If you or someone you know is experiencing dissociation or other symptoms of a mental health condition, it is important to seek professional help. A mental health professional can provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to address the underlying issues and help individuals learn healthy coping mechanisms.
While the topic of dissociation may be trending on social media, it is a serious and complex psychological phenomenon that requires proper understanding and treatment. If you or someone you know is experiencing dissociation or other concerning symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. The professionals at Southeast Psych Nashville can be reached by calling 615-373-9955. If we can help you or your loved one, please give us a call.