5 General Types Of Dissociation & How To Deal With Them | Mental Health 101 – YouTube

5 General Types Of Dissociation & How To Deal With Them | Mental Health 101


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  • Published On: 2022-01-17 19:51:26
  • Video Published/Author: Kati Morton
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In this video I’m talking about the 5 types of dissociation AND how to deal with them. I’ll speak to these 5 common types: maladaptive daydreaming, dissociative identity disorder, depersonalization, derealization and dissociative amnesia. I’ll also talk about what dissociation is like. So whether you’re wondering what is dissociation ? or what is dissociation like ? or help with dissociation ? or what types of dissociation there are , I am here to answer your questions.

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00:00 – Dissociation definition and overview
01:45 – Episode sponsor
02:30 – Dissociative Amnesia
04:13 – Maladaptive Daydreaming
06:21 – Depersonalization
07:50 – Derealization
9:06 – Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
11:28 – Tips for dealing with dissociation

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In this video I’ll also talk about what dissociation is like. So whether you’re wondering what is dissociation ? or what is dissociation like ? or dissociation help ? or what types of dissociation , I am here to answer your questions.



  1. Kati ……
    No where near exhaustive viewing, but saw woman named, Sophia, speaking from channel …better health. She was most respectful of patients in her explanations of illnesses. She even addressed misconceptions people have, gently leading people away from stigmas….
    After just viewing you in another video, you express the same respect. It's also very impressive how you speak with, "We may experience…" or "Something that may be helpful to us…" It's as if your sleeves are rolled up and we are in this together….this thing called life. God bless you as you use your skills in helping us!

  2. When I dissociate I feel like instead of being right behind my eyes, it's like I'm sitting in the back row of a theatre and the screen is my eyes. I feel really far away from what is happening in front of me. Like I'm just a viewer and not participating. But watching me do stuff. Like right now even.

  3. Depersonalization feels like you’re a hologram in a way.. like you’re hovering in a spot but the reality doesn’t seem real or you may feel like you’re not really there.. finally it has a concrete word for it cuz I have tried to explain it and its almost like hard to understand

  4. I don’t know how to define what happens to me, only that sometimes, I’d do practically anything to stop it. I have agoraphobia, OCD and complex ptsd. I lost my mother six months ago, she was literally my anchor, my life. I’m having episodes where I’ll feel time stops, drags on, and it feels like everything is falling away and breaking apart. It’s all meaningless and feels so unsure. I feel so…untethered, adrift. It feels like, there’s years and years rolling ahead and I fear I’ll never get out of this cycle of dread and fear and meaningless.

  5. … I've been living most of my adult life (honestly, since my highschool years when bullying was at its worst), and every single point this video makes hits the nail on the head for me. I've been diagnosed with major depression time and time again, but it never felt like the right answer. Though I won't go so far as to say I have DID, because I'm not a mental health professional. But recently, I've been told by my partner that I'm a completely different person than I used to be, or that sometimes I'm one way and sometimes I'm the other. January was a traumatic month for the both of us, and following that incredible time of stress, that's when my partner noticed the shift. It kind of aligns with the "protector" alter that is mentioned, because I am constantly defending myself when I used to be a big pushover. But I honestly don't remember the change, but because I'm almost continuously dissociating, I don't really remember what I was like beforehand either. The realization shook me. This could just be something I did to change my fawning habits in conflict, or it could be something more. Guess I need to see my psychiatrist again!

  6. As an adult every few years I would "learn" my childhood bestie died. No matter how many times I heard it, it felt like brand new information until I finally had help processing it. As a kid I responded the same to my grandpa's death, I had somehow convinced myself he was just avoiding me & if I could just be good enough he'd come back. The human brain is equal parts self-protective & cruel.

  7. 10 Things That Can Help Treat DID

    1. Beach Swimming
    2. Attend 3D glasses cinema
    3. Aerobics classes
    4. Attend Shakespeare drama in theatre
    5. Go shopping to Walmart once a week
    6. Visit Disney Land and be in that big many carts that move round in the air
    7. Go parachuting
    8. Morcycling
    9. Canoeing
    10. Be in aerial tramway

  8. I usually depersonalize during a bad body dysphoria episode, especially if there’s other stuff piled on top of the mix. For example, a few days ago I had been having bad dysphoria because of multiple events in my life. This dysphoria was lasting for days and I was also reminds of a probably traumatic experience (I say probably because certain situations related to what I’m referring to make me feel panic-y and stressed, but I don’t have any memory of it so I cannot say for sure), so I ended up depersonalizing for quite a while, I’d say around 6 hours. I had tried a grounding technique I’d heard of (smelling candles), but it didn’t work. Usually when I depersonalize, I just try to sleep or at least try to relax myself. I’ve never woken up feeling depersonalize, or at least nothing I’d consider to be it, so that works for me!

  9. Changing body temp does help,the times I feel myself dissociating Ill go outside in the cold or splash water on my face calms me down, I usually start to panic which makes it feel worse and more intense.

  10. I have DID (professionally diagnosed) and here’s a helpful way I’ve come to explain the difference between depersonalization and DID (/OSDD1):

    Depersonalization is “one-way” disconnection. You might feel disconnected from the thoughts, feelings, urges, and movements of your body, but you still “instinctually” know that those are YOURS. No matter how separate they feel in the moment, you don’t attribute them to someone else (especially after the episode ends).

    DID involves “two-way” disconnection. Not only do you attribute those thoughts, feelings, urges, and movements to someone else, but that other person attributes YOUR experiences to YOU rather than themselves. Not only are you watching those foreign thoughts from the third person, but you might sense your OWN string of thoughts simultaneously, or those foreign thoughts may turn around and start thinking/feeling a foreign way about YOU. Instinctually, they are not you and you are not them.

    This “instinct” is similar to the way you can tell the difference between hearing a dog barking outside your head, and recalling the sound of a dog bark inside your head. While in this situation, it’s all technically “in your head”, you can still tell which is coming from inside “you” and which is coming from outside “you”.

    Logically I know that there aren’t multiple people in my head if I really think about it (in other words, reality checking is in tact), but instinctually, I attribute those foreign experiences to myself as much as I attribute that dog barking across the street to my own head (in that I don’t). In this way, it would be similar to hallucinating a dog barking (though, to be clear, these DID experiences are not hallucinations). Your mind would still be technically responsible for creating that barking sound, even though it sounds SO MUCH like it’s coming from outside of you.

    Hope this was helpful! Note that this is based on the way I experience this disorder. If you have been diagnosed with DID and you experience something different, then you are still just as valid!

  11. I'm Maladaptive Daydreaming Patient, severe one, I'm 27 now and I have been MDD guy since 3. I don't have any trauma in that age. This Maladaptive daydreaming became big hurdle in my studies, as a my Aerospace Engineering degree got delayed for 2 years, and I have average in studies due to lack of concentration. But I recently notice in past few months that I also other dissociation traits, I had massive financial problem few months ago and solved by simply my mind literally separated from me and everything happened like a movie and its wild just like Depersonalization I went on autopilot. And I realized how come my parents or some of my teachers think I'm a excellent student and I'm not, it is because before the exam time and if its really crucial exam my body goes in Autopilot and starts studying on its own and does good in exams and it happens rarely when that personality operates nothing is in my control it doesn't let me go into Daydreaming state either, sometimes this autopilot episode happens for weeks especially when I'm in a competitive exams rather the general academic exams which i score low and I'm l. So people with one dissociative disorder can potentially other disorders again as defence mechanisms. In my case my Depersonalization saved me from my own Maladaptive daydreaming. And whenever I have a fever or I'm sick and I will completely forget that the Day has happened, like once i submitted assignment which i thought it was on time, but my teacher was like, you were supposed give it yesterday and I'm like WHAT!!1 I don't remember anything, so yeah there's a mild case of Dissociative Amnesia. 3 out of 5.

  12. I experienced depersonalization while I was being traumatized by my parents, I felt exactly numb, sometimes I knew I was not feeling OK but didn't know what I was feeling or why, I was passing the days like a zombie, my body present but not really invested in anything.
    Derealization is one of the most strange thing I have experienced, I felt like suddenly my body was that of another person. Like my brain or spirit had transported to another body, also I thought that maybe I had taken the wrong bus because I didn't recognize the people that usually commuted with me or the surroundings. I experienced again even years after being away for my parents but fortunately I'm in therapy now

  13. Tapping or a butterfly hug can also be really helpful with anxiety/panic attacks when a trauma response is high. I find sometimes when the other grounding techniques aren’t working the tapping helps to physically bring me back to present. Hope that can help someone out

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