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Hi guys,
So I am starting therapy to treat the symptoms of PTSD. (I have not been diagnosed as I have only just started the process with my therapist)
I have Borderline personality disorder and also dissociation disorder. I'm very very nervous about starting the treatment because I know I am going to have to talk about the events. This has caused me to dissociate before and I haven't always had someone around to 'snap' me out of it (or into reality).
Does anyone have any tips on how to manage dissociation in relation to traumatic events and thoughts of these events? Not just for in therapy but also outside of the therapy room.

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I think, perhaps, what you may be looking for are what is generally referred to as "grounding techniques". Here's a link to an article, from PC's archives, on the subject. Note the link at the bottom of the page: "Self-Help Strategies for PTSD":

The Matrix Has You: On Dissociation and Feelings of Detachment

And then here's a link to a second article that also touches on the concept of grounding:

Relaxation and Caring For Yourself

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Are you starting with a new T or group or just starting this part of your process? If you are with a T you have been with a while I would expect they would help you learn some grounding techniques and that they would have a strong enough relationship with you to help soothe some of those fears. If it is going to be a new T make sure it is a good fit and they are able to help you regulate in session and teach you how to do it for yourself outside of sessions before you start talking about things.
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