Dissociating is one of the most common responses to abuse and trauma. It involves feeling numb, detached or unreal and (while it happens to everyone once in a while) is experienced more frequently and severely in survivors. Dissociating people vary widely in symptoms and may experience any or all things from the following list.

Types of dissociation:


Common: “I feel strange / weird”, “I felt as if I was floating away”, “I felt disembodied / disconnected / detached / far away from myself”, “apart from everything”, “in a place of my own / alone”, “like I was there but not there”, “I could see and hear everything but couldn’t respond”.


“My surroundings seem unreal / far away”, “i felt spaced out”, “it was like looking at the world through a veil or glass”, “i felt cut off or distant from the immediate surroundings”, “objects appeared diminished in size / flat / dream-like / cartoon like / artificial / unsolid”.

Other dissociative symptoms:

Memory: “I drove the car home / got dressed / had dinner but can’t remember anything about it”, “I don’t who I am or how I got here” (fugue state), “ I remember things but it doesn’t feel like it was me that was there”.

Identity: “I feel like I’m two seperate people/someone else”.

Other: “I felt like Time was passing incredibly slow/quickly”, “I get so absorbed in a fantasy/TV programme that it seems real”, “I felt an emptiness in my head as if I was not having any thoughts at all”.
You may experiencing dissociation if you:

-find yourself staring at one spot, not thinking anything
-feel completely numb
-feel like you’re not really in your body, like you’re watching yourself in a movie
-feel suddenly lightheaded or dizzy
- lost the plot of the show or conversation you were focused on
- feel as if you’re not quite real, like you’re in a dream
- feel like you’re floating

-suddenly feel like you’re not a part of the world around you
-feel detached and far away from other people, who may seem mechanical or unreal to you
-are very startled when someone/something gets your attention completely forget what you were thinking just a moment ago

-suddenly cover your face or react as if you’re about it be hurt for no reason
- can’t remember important information about yourself, like your age or where you live
-find yourself rocking back and forth
-become very focused on a small or trivial object or event
-find that voices, sounds or writing seem far away and you sometimes have trouble understanding them
-feel as if you’ve just experienced a flashback (perhaps rapidally) but you can’t remember anything about it
-perceive your body as foreign or not belonging to you
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Dissociatives are a class of hallucinogen, which distort perceptions of sight and sound and produce feelings of detachment - dissociation - from the environment and self. This is done through reducing or blocking signals to the conscious mind from other parts of the brain. Although many kinds of drugs are capable of such action, dissociatives are unique in that they do so in such a way that they produce hallucinogenic effects, which may include sensory deprivation, dissociation, hallucinations, and dream-like states or trances. Some, which are nonselective in action and affect the dopamine and/or opioid. systems, may be capable of inducing euphoria. Many dissociatives have general depressant effects and can produce sedation, respiratory depressioncitation needed, analgesia, anesthesia, and ataxia, as well as cognitive and memory impairment and amnesia. These drugs include PCP aka Angel Dust, Ketamine aka Special K.
Oh man these Dissociatives , that PCP made me feel like mt body is 100 feet in front of me, I'm out of my body!
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The opposite of "associate." Not to talk to or include in your life.
Dissociate from that bitch. I don't want you having anything to do with her.
by not ur average thot June 17, 2014
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To kick the stool, take the leap or swallow the pills, its all the same. One way or another you will find your needless worth on this earth and you will find your serenity through your dissociation or departure of life. Be brave and it will be over fast. Just make sure to leave a note :)
She didn't want to associate, so I had to dissociate.
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an crew of people formed to disrespect other people
S: "yo Q, wanna start a dissociation with G-Ha"?

Q: "naw, that bitch is whack...we don't wanna form a dissociation with her, we wanna form one against her"!

S: "for reals."
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If you're sober and you feel any of the following :

- Feels like everything is a movie
- Feels like you are watching everything happen

- Feels like something is missing in your thoughts
- Feeling very worried

- Feels like your eyes are sensitive to light

- Feels like you see purple of images of lights, like when you look at the sun for too long

You smoked too much, you have to lay off for a few days, you are dissociating. If you are stoned and you feel these, that is normal. The dissociation effect is just the head effects of weed staying with you, but that feel good sensation is gone. That's why you have the symptoms of being high, even thought you aren't high. So you're good. Think of it like you smoked a lot and you're just still high. Sleep it off and in a few days, you'll be set. Drink lots of water.

Chad: Dude, I heard that Josh got Weed Dissociation after smoking his entire stash. Now he's gonna lay off for a week.

Brad: That is actually wild, bro.
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Fancy way of saying that someone’s arse (ass) is not connected to their elbow - derived from the saying that some idiotic person “can’t tell his arse from his elbow”.
Tom’s really stupid! Yeah I know - he has anocubital dissociation.
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