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I’m Dissociating Every Day

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Literally every day, I dissociate all the time. I space out when people are talking and even when I am talking. I’ve been in a relationship for 6 months and honestly don’t remember half the dates we have been on together because of this. My school work is worse because even when I try to concentrate, I don’t absorb any information and I just never feel like I’m ‘there’ it always feels like I’m trapped inside my head – consumed by my overactive thoughts. What can I do to stop dissociating?

BTW when I started dissociating last year badly, I self-harmed to ‘feel’ something but I don’t want to go back there again. It’s a new year and these holidays have sped by and I don’t know what I ever did. I sleep all day and can sleep at night and keep having waves of sadness which are seemingly becoming a seasonal thing with the holidays just as I think I’m getting better. What do I do? (From Australia)

I’m Dissociating Every Day

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I can appreciate how difficult these experiences have been and recommend you get a thorough physical. There are several medical issues that can be causing this as well as other possible conditions (like hypersomnia). A thorough medical can rule out physical causes before focusing in on how to correct it.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

I’m Dissociating Every Day

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2019). I’m Dissociating Every Day. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 21, 2019, from
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