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Anxiety vs Dissociation

Posted by Elaine on April 3, 1999, at 20:58:44

Recognizing that dissociation is on a continuum - it isn't that you do or do, everybody does, like when you're driving and your mind wanders and you wonder how you got down the road - without talking specifically about full dissociation (DID), how can you distinguish between anxiety and dissociation? Sometimes when I'm driving, I start feeling like I'm losing myself or I'm going to die. I have to not only grab the wheel, but dig a fingernail against my thumb and tell myself to "stay here". Once I get where I'm going, everything's ok, so I know I'm not dying. Is it a form of anxiety or panic disorder? How do you tell when the feeling of not being fully present is a form of dissociation or if anxiety is a factor, when there is nothing in particular to be causing anxiety at that moment?




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