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Dissociation is a mental process, which produces a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. During the period of time when a person is dissociating, certain information is not associated with other information as it normally would be. For example, during a traumatic experience, a person may dissociate the memory of the place and circumstances of the trauma from his/her ongoing memory, resulting in a temporary mental escape from the fear and pain of the trauma and, in some cases, a memory gap surrounding the experience. Because this process can produce changes in memory, people who frequently dissociate often find their senses of personal history and identity are affected.

Most clinicians believe that dissociation exists on a continuum of severity. This continuum reflects a wide range of experiences and/or symptoms. At one end are mild dissociative experiences common to most people, such as daydreaming, highway hypnosis, or “getting lost” in a book or movie, all of which involve “losing touch” with conscious awareness of one’s immediate surroundings. At the other extreme is complex, chronic dissociation, such as in cases of Dissociative Disorders, which may result in serious impairment or inability to function. Some people with Dissociative Disorders can hold highly responsible jobs, contributing to society in a variety of professions, the arts, and public service — appearing to function normally to coworkers, neighbors, and others with whom they interact daily.



Dissociaitve Disorders

Depersonalization - Persistent or recurrent experiences of feeling detached from, and as if one is an outside observer of, one’s mental processes or body

Derealism - Persistent or recurrent experiences of the feeling that features of the environment are illusory.

Dissociative Fugue - one or more episodes of amnesia in which the inability to recall some or all of one’s past and either the loss of one’s identity or the formation of a new identity occur with sudden, unexpected, purposeful travel away from home.

Dissociative Amnesia - The predominant disturbance is one or more episodes of inability to recall important personal information, usually of a traumatic or stressful nature, that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) - The presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states (each with its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and self).

Dissociaitive disorder nos otherwise specified (DDNOS) - when a person has some of the symptoms of a dissociaitve disoreder but do not fulfill any of the specific diagnosic criteria.


Dissociation is a mental process, which produces a lack of connection in a person's thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. During the period of time when a person is dissociating, certain information is not associated with other information as it normally would be. For example, during a traumatic experience, a person may dissociate the memory of the place and circumstances of the trauma from his/her ongoing memory, resulting in a temporary mental escape from the fear and pain of the trauma and, in some cases, a memory gap surrounding the experience. Because this process can produce changes in memory, people who frequentl
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ViktoriaMagrey Featured By Owner Edited Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you SO much for this. I have depersonalization and it really hurts to have practically no one even know or acknowledge it's a thing.
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WubcakeVA Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this.
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peculiarjotaro7 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Depersonalization all the time.
Derealism specific with one of my few personalities.
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D-Dandere Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
I have OSDD-1 so I'm really happy to see efforts being made to raise awareness. We don't "switch", my alters can only be co-conscious, but can also influence me and things like that. I really feel like a mess most of the time but I'm glad there's someone out there who gets it.
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izzabizzle Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad someone made a stamp for this, there are barely any... DPDR sucks, and barely anyone knows it even exists!
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SeductiveAdopts Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I myself not only have one of these Dissociative Disorders, but all five. In a clusterfuck. The most prominent Dissociative Fugue and Amnesia. Not only that, I have PTSD and I'm showing signs of MPD and/or possibly Schizophrenia. I've been dealing with all of this for almost two years now.

It's not easy, especially since with these conditions it's left me physically unable to attend school or work, but I get by alright. However, I can never really be left alone for too long. I begin to get extremely violent and self harming thoughts surface. Not only that, I also have limited memory. For instance, I can't remember anything except for the last four years of my life. And even then, anything before two years ago is slightly hazy. I also lose my memories frequently, leaving me unable to remember things I've done a week before. I retain all that I learned in my life, I just can't remember doing things. Amnesia to a degree, despite usually remembering my name. There have been times where I haven't been able to remember where I were and started freaking out.

It's not fun, and it's not cool to pretend to be these things. We are not mentally insane. We are not freaks. We are people. We just have a lot of problems. It's like Cancer or Lukemia. They can be treated, but most times it's a slim chance of ever completely making it go away.

I know that it's not easy, and I don't have it nearly as bad as some people out there, but it can be over-come. And it can be dealt with. We are not attention whores seeking friends. We are seeking help. We are seeking solace. We are seeking an actual peace.

Have you ever been constantly afraid every single day of your life? Every day, you go from happy to suddenly violent and murderous? Forget things that happened the previous day repeatedly and feeling so left out because of it, when people reference back to it? It's a lot more than it seems! And you would reach out for help as well if you all even experienced a fraction of what we have.

So be strong, be understanding, and try to help!
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i-am-god-x Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've had depersonalisation-derealisation disorder since I was about 13, and it's been getting progressively worse. I sometimes don't even recognise my boyfriend, and it's really upsetting because he's my universe.
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SauleMori Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so glad you made this.. My friends don't get my D.I.D and they don't get that its not my fault I forget things.. they always think I'm lying when I say I forget things... I have to show them this. :tighthug:
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KagenoKyokiKitsune Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
We are still trying to figure things out. Only two of 'us' are co-conscious, the host doesn't remember much of her life anymore. Just hard when there's no doctor of D.I.D. to help us so me and the host's boyfriend are in this alone with few very close friends that understand us.
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TheAlbedoEffect Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a crappy way to live let me tell you.
Everyday feels kinda like a dream, if I could use anyway to describe it. :(
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shadowlight-oak Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ye... I have a dissoative disorder so have experianced the depersoanlisation/derealism. Though as I have DID those are lesser symptoms for myself. Can;t imagine being in that state for too long, a few days is bad enough
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TheAlbedoEffect Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Its interesting.
I like to tell people I'm feeling very "Whimsical" today.
I don't no how else to describe how it feels xD
Thankfully my friends are very good people, who try their best to understand me, so
its not bad.
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shadowlight-oak Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Whimsical, I like that word. I usually end up using "spacey", but Whimsical is far better
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TheAlbedoEffect Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha.
Its a fun word.
Space case works to!
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CorvusCallosum Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
This hits home since I grew up with someone who had this.
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Freiheitsliebende Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010   General Artist
important message!
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TalkingBackwards Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Depersonalization and derealization combined is hell.
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