Dissociation is natural-- we all do it. It ranges from day-dreaming and being, "in the zone" to acute stress/crisis response, to Dissociative Identity Disorder. Obviously a little is OK, but more and more can be problematic for living a healthy life; give yourself permission to dissociate sometimes, but try to lessen it-- BE PRESENT!
Acute Stress Reaction-- (also called acute stress disorder, psychological shock, mental shock, or simply shock) is a psychological condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event, or witnessing a traumatic event.
Why Do Some People Get PTSD and Others Don’t? By Sara Staggs, LICSW, MPH, Trauma is complicated. Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event has post-traumatic stress symptoms and many people who have symptoms see a natural decrease in those symptoms while others wind up with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Our hard-wired stress response is designed to give us the quick burst of heightened alertness and energy needed to perform our best. But stress isn’t all good. When activated too long or too often, stress can damage virtually every part of our body. Sharon Horesh Bergquist gives us a look at what goes on inside our body when we are chronically stressed.