Understanding Trauma Dissociation and How to Get Help

Understanding Trauma Dissociation and How to Get Help

Understanding Trauma Dissociation and How to Get Help

Trauma dissociation is a psychological response to overwhelming trauma or stress. It is the mind’s way of protecting itself from the pain of a traumatic experience by disconnecting from it. Unfortunately, this can lead to long-term mental health issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. If you’re experiencing trauma dissociation, help is available through therapy. Here at Orlando Thrive Therapy, we specialize in helping individuals learn how to cope with their trauma and work toward healing. Let's take a look at what trauma dissociation is and how we can help.

What is Trauma Dissociation?

Trauma dissociation is one of the body’s defense mechanisms that kicks in when a person experiences something that overwhelms them emotionally or physically. This could be physical or emotional abuse, neglect, being in an accident, or witnessing a traumatic event. During times of extreme stress or trauma the mind literally blocks out these memories as a form of self-protection so that the person does not have to relive the experience over and over again. In other words, it allows them to repress those feelings and emotions associated with the experience so they can continue functioning normally on a day-to-day basis without being overwhelmed by those memories constantly.

Symptoms of Trauma Dissociation

The symptoms of trauma dissociation vary from person to person but there are some common signs that may indicate someone has experienced this type of psychological response to overwhelming stress or trauma. Some common signs include:

  • Memory loss or gaps in memory;
  • Feeling disconnected from your body;
  • Difficulty concentrating;
  • Intense fear or panic;
  • Feeling emotionally numb;
  • Detachment from reality
  • Feeling like you are outside yourself looking in (dissociative amnesia)

How We Can Help at Orlando Thrive Therapy

At Orlando Thrive Therapy we specialize in helping individuals who have experienced trauma learn how to cope with their experiences and work towards healing and recovery. We understand that everyone deals with things differently and our therapists will work with you on an individual level to develop coping strategies tailored specifically for you that are effective for managing your feelings and emotions associated with past traumas. Our goal is to provide you with the tools needed for long term recovery so that you can live your life free from negative thoughts and feelings caused by past traumas.

Trauma dissociation is an overwhelming psychological response to extreme stress or trauma where people block out those memories as a form of self-protection so they don't have to relive them over and over again. If you’re looking for help dealing with your own personal experiences related to trauma dissociation then consider scheduling an appointment at Orlando Thrive Therapy today! Our experienced therapists are here to help you manage your feelings associated with past traumas so that you can achieve long term recovery, heal, and live life free from negative thoughts caused by past events. Contact us today for more information about how we can help!

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at (407) 592-8997 for more information.