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How do you know when you dissociate in session and what does you T do about it (if anything)?
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I zone out, sometimes don't hear what my T says anymore, my body feels weird, everything just feels off. It's hard to describe.


My T checks in with me a lot, asks whether I'm able to hear him and so on. If I don't respond to his questions he might raise his voice a bit and say something like 'hey'. If it doesn't get better he helps me with grounding exercises, like touch the floor with your feet, describe the feeling of the seat, count all the red objects in the room...
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I get this weird pressure behind my right eye and side of my head. I feel stuck in my seat and I feel like I could lay my head down and go to sleep. This is where he starts tossing a tennis ball at me.
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I start zoning out and she says hey are you still with me. When she brings me back my body feels tingly. Sometimes I feel sleepy and disoriented.
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Thank you all! I think Iíve started dissociating (not so much in therapy, but in real life) though I donít know much about it beyond what Iíve read. Sometimes things go really foggy and I struggle to stay focused on anything in particular. It happens when I drive too, though not to the same extent as Iím able to maintain enough presence of mind not to do anything stupid. Iím not sure where I go when I get like this, I only know that Iím not fully entrenched into the present.

Iím also not entirely sure what triggers it. Does sudden (ish) dissociation always have a clear cause? Or can bad things build up so much that your mind feels the need to protect itself?
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When I dissociate, my head feels heavy, and I feel tired or sleepy. Often my vision dims, sort of fades from the outside in. I find it difficult or impossible to concentrate. I'm not hearing what my T is saying. My former T used to get my attention. Say my name. Get me to look at her. Ask me to feel my feet on the floor. New T will ask me if I am having trouble staying present. Then we just talk until I "get back". I'm not sure if sudden dissociation has a cause. Sometimes it doesn't even feel like we are talking about anything triggering, and yet I dissociate. I think it gets easy to dissociate and then that's where I go when I'm overwhelmed or whatever. HUGS Kit
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The best, short description I've ever found that I can fully relate my dissociation to is in this article. The part about what happens when someone is talking to you for more than a few minutes happens to me frequently in therapy. I try not to let it get that far and just remain aware. It's helping.

The Matrix Has You: On Dissociation and Feelings of Detachment
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I seem to maybe be dissociating sometimes recently. Iíve had a few sessions with T that I donít remember any details of - maybe looking at the fish tank it the waiting room but then... Iím back at work. Iíve made a point of mentioning it to T when this happens, but she hasnít seemed to do anything with that info. I donít know what we talked about in those sessions.

Iíve done this at work too, where Iím at my desk and kinda staring into space and then I blink or someone says my name and 10 minutes have gone by. I donít remember doing anything, or thinking anything, itís just... lost time. I may also do this at home where Iím alone.

To be fair my Pdoc, while concerned and ďkeeping an eye on itĒ hasnít called it anything. My T says Iím probably just tired and she doesnít want to pathologize it.
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I have several types of dissociation-parts, fragmented memories, and also when accessing intense emotion when doing deep work related to core issues...

For the latter one, my T would talk a lot when I did it. It seemed like he was using his own ego to sort of hold mine together. Sounds kind of strange, I know

I rarely dissociate anymore, can't remember the last time.
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The one time I remember dissociating in session with my current therapist, she caught it quickly. She said she could physically see my affect change. We did some grounding techniques which helped.

Typically I struggle to pick up on my own dissociation. It's something I'm working on.
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