What does it feel like to dissociate?

Part of an ongoing series about life with complex post-traumatic stress disorder

Flashbacks get a lot of the attention from media and television when it comes to PTSD. But, dissociation is an incredibly common symptom that also affects millions of people with the disorder.

There are many types of dissociation, but they are all some sort of escape from the present. Flashbacks happen intrusively or in response to triggers, and dissociation can happen in response to triggers, overwhelm, or…