All of us have times when we feel ‘disconnected’. It could be that we are having a conversation with someone but our mind is elsewhere, or we arrive at a destination with no recollection of driving there. For most of us, these moments are occasional lapses that bear no impact on our daily lives. For others, however, disconnecting from reality becomes a defence mechanism.
When this happens, being disconnected can quickly turn into dissociation. If left untreated, this can evolve into a dissociative disorder. On this page, we will look at various effects of dissociation including the various disorders associated, such as dissociative identity disorder (DID).