All of us have times when we feel 'disconnected'. It could be that we are having a conversation with someone but our mind is elsewhere, or we arrive at a destination with no recollection of driving there. For most of us, these moments are occasional lapses that bear no impact on our daily lives.

The effects of dissociation and dissociative disorders can be difficult to pinpoint and differ from person to person. The following symptoms are examples of what you may experience:

  • feeling detached from your body
  • experiencing gaps in your memory
  • forgetting important information about yourself
  • feeling as if there is more than one person inside of you
  • hearing voices
  • feeling as if the world around you isn't real
  • referring to yourself as 'we' rather than 'I'
  • having out-of-body experiences
  • other people telling you that you have behaved out of character
  • feeling detached from your emotions
  • feeling numb or devoid of emotion.

A person who has a dissociative disorder may also be experiencing other problems too such as anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, hearing voices, phobias, obsessive behaviours and more. Through counselling treating dissociative disorders aims to re-connect you with your thoughts, feeling and memories to help you feel more real and complete as a person.

Who can help you?

Counselling services in the North Coast Causeway area of Northern Ireland, we can offer you an initial telephone consultation for 15/20 minutes free of charge for you to discuss the reason you are seeking counselling.