Dissociation, Dissociative Disorders and Dissociative Psychedelics

July 16, 2021 14:45:37

The world is deeply interconnected, and we as people may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the happenings in the outside world. If an individual is overwhelmed, their body allows them to disconnect by removing their attention from the present as a form of healthy escape.

Called disconnection or dissociation, this is a physiological response to protect oneself, which is activated when the body feels overwhelmed or saturated by too much information or input. There are various kinds of dissociation, including dissociation from one’s sense of self, identity or biographical history; dissociation from one’s awareness or thoughts; and dissociation from one’s bodily sensations or their body.

However, dissociation patterns that interrupt an individual’s ability to enjoy life are cause for concern. This can occur when dissociation becomes a default way of operating in life or occurs involuntarily.

Researchers note that oftentimes, dissociative diagnoses are linked to deep and intense unaddressed traumas. Disconnection from one’s identity, emotions, mind or body for individuals living with dissociative disorders can significantly affect their quality of life as well as their relationships; it can also cause significant distress.

Dissociation can manifest in different ways, which may include feeling unaware of one’s own body, even finding it hard to stay present during sex or tuning out during difficult conversations.

Psychologists believe that a good way to reduce dissociative disorders is to increase an individual’s tolerance for sensations that may be overwhelming or uncomfortable over time. Others believe that the use of psychedelic substances such as ketamine, which is dissociative, may be beneficial.

This is because ketamine temporarily disconnects the mind and the body but allows individuals to be aware of and be connected with internal images as well as their own thoughts. Turning the body off allows the mind to be released from dealing with the discomfort and/or stress that individuals living with dissociative disorders may experience.

Some psychologists and researchers believe that altered states of consciousness, brought on by dissociative psychedelics such as ketamine, afford individuals an opportunity to choose how and when to leave the physical realm and return. Psychedelics also shift an individual’s awareness of their body, mind and spirit, and create new insights as well as pleasurable sensations.

Individuals who aren’t dealing with chronic dissociation may benefit from engaging in activities such as meditation, breath work or dancing rather than relying on substances or the media to de-stress.

It is important to keep in mind, however, that wanting to escape from the physical realm is normal but should be chosen consciously. If dissociation gets to a point where it’s an automatic response based on stress, it is important to seek help.

Psychedelics such as ketamine and psilocybin have attracted plenty of attention, and companies such as Cybin Inc. (NEO: CYBN) (OTCQB: CLXPF) are conducting preclinical studies on these substances in order to identify the psychedelics that show the most promise in addressing mental health issues.

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