Often times in order to cope with overwhelming experiences, people learn to cope through dissociation.
Often those with complex trauma have learned to use dissociation as a way to cope and survive. If the trauma is now over, many times individuals need to learn grounding skills and how to live in the present.
Symptoms can include the following:
Being Zoned Out
Not being able to remember important parts of conversations
Black outs, not attributable to excessive drinking or drug use
Forgetting/Losing large chunks of time
Feeling like you’re going through the motions
Not recognizing yourself
Rapid mood shifts