Almost everyone gets depressed now and then, or anxious. Many of us have experienced transient episodes of paranoia (without labeling it as such)--times when we have suspected "that bunch of kids [or grownups, or girls, or boys, whatever] is laughing at ME!." And later, we knew [didn't we?] we had been silly to think that we had been the focus of some strangers' attention.
Dissociation is like that. The continuum of dissociative experiences begins at a benign level so close to universal that its absence is probably more of a problem than its presence. At the most severe, dissociation can be painful, terrifying, and disabling for sufferers, and a wellspring of confusion and chaos for everyone around them.
This section only touches the surface of dissociation. Please check back in the future for more information on subjects such as where dissociation comes from and how it works. If you'd like to see more details on a specific type of dissociation, please email me.
Updated on 05/29/2002
© 2002, Jonathan P. Levine, CSW