Dissociation is a mental health defence mechanism that allows us to freeze our reaction to painful or traumatic events and, in some cases, even detach from reality entirely. But while dissociating may offer a temporary reprieve from intense emotions, it can also lead to long-term struggles with anxiety, depression, and more.
Have you ever felt like there are multiple parts of yourself that are constantly in conflict? That the voice in your head telling you one thing is different from the one telling you another? If so, it’s likely that you are struggling with what is known as internal family systems.