Dissociation

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  • A phenomenon in which one's experience is detached or separated from one's awareness or conscious memory. In other words, dissociation is thought to occur when two parts of the mind are operating independently. Some common examples of dissociation include walking somewhere and realizing that you do not remember how you got there or why you wanted to go there in the first place. Deja vu—the feeling that you had lived a situation before even if you had not—has also been considered by some to be a dissociative experience. However, individuals who are formally diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID), as categorized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), experience more severe dissociative experiences that have serious consequences for memory. These disorders include ...

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