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Dissociation

Another impact of sexual violence is dissociation. When something really scary is happening, our brains are wired to ‘switch off’ to protect us from the extent of what is happening. For example, when people have been in a car crash they often say they don't feel any pain or feel like they are watching the accident happening to someone else. If you have experienced trauma this can continue long after it is over, so that if there is a trigger (like a sound, a smell or a person) your brain disconnects. You might feel spacey, like you can’t see or hear what is going on around you, or ‘come to’ after a period of not knowing what was going on.

dissociation

One survivor who experiences dissociation gave us these tips:

See also:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/dissociative-disorders/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dissociative-disorders/

Credit: Mel Reeve, a friend of the Rosey Project @melreeve on Twitter

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