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Dissociation is a defense mechanism that the mind uses to disconnect from one's thoughts, feelings, memories, or sense of identity as a response to trauma or distressing experiences. This coping mechanism can lead to a feeling of detachment or being disconnected from oneself or the surrounding environment. While dissociation can be a normal and temporary response to stress, it can also occur in various dissociative disorders, such as dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder. In DID, an individual experiences two or more distinct identities or personality states that may take control of their behavior. Treatment for dissociation typically involves psychotherapy, particularly trauma-focused therapy, to address the underlying causes and develop healthy coping strategies.

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