Dissociation: How to Help Eating Disorder Clients
Dissociation is a common defense mechanism found in human beings. It varies in severity from the mild to severe, ranging from scrolling through phones or driving on autopilot to a complete detachment from reality, losing one’s sense of time, place, and identity. Dissociation can be a response to stress, trauma, and emotional dysregulation, and because these themes are present in nearly all mental health populations, including clients who struggle with eating disorders, understanding what dissociation is and how to treat it is essential for practitioners.
1. Conceptualize terminology and symptoms related to dissociation
2. Increase empathy around origins of dissociative patterns
3. Understand general guidelines for treatment
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