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The Mighty mental health community makes a list of things they did because they experienced dissociation as a child.


Signs You Experienced Dissociation as a Child

“I used to sit in front of a mirror and stare at myself for hours.”

“I can’t remember certain sections of my life; some weeks, some months, some years.”

“I sat in a closet for two hours listening to the same song because I had no sense of time.”

“I remember staring at my hands trying to figure out whose they were.”

“I would make up different stories or versions of what I wished my life was like.”

“I shut down emotionally… people used to say I was dead inside.”

“Every single report card said that I was ‘a good girl, but daydreams too much, can’t complete work.”

“Self-harm. I felt I needed to make sure I was real.”

“I used to splash cold water on my face to try to get me out of it.”

While experiencing some level of dissociation can be common, there is help if it starts interfering with your life.

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Originally published: November 3, 2017
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