Dissociation is a psychological term that refers to disconnection or detachment from one’s thoughts, feelings, memories, or identity. It is often described as a defense mechanism that can occur in response to trauma, stress, or certain psychological disorders. Dissociation may feel like not being fully present in the body. It may also lead to amnesia or gaps in memory, as well as a feeling of unreality in one’s surroundings. These disruptions can significantly alter a person’s usual functioning in daily life in inexplicable ways.

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