Disassociation is caused when psychological processes get disrupted, causing split perceptions and disturbances in memories, thoughts or even one’s identity.
Dissociative symptoms are associated with disorganized attachment. This happens when a child’s relationship with their primary caregiver is unpredictable or unstable.
Children need a stable relationship with a parent or caregiver in order to develop a healthy view of themselves and the world, learning that they, and others, are worthy of love and support.
When that relationship becomes unstable, it has the potential to interfere with a child’s healthy emotional development. In some cases, this disorganized attachment causes disassociation.
Can a child from a loving family develop disassociation?
Dr. Franco published an article on GoodTherapy.org on how disorganized attachment can lead to dissociation. In her article, she explains that a loving parent or caregiver may be struggling with PTSD or another disassociative disorder and find it affecting their relationship with their child. In other cases, abuse may play a role.
If you are a parent or caregiver suffering from mental illness, it is important to receive help for yourself in order to enable you to better provide stability for the child in your care.
Click here to read more about the support caregivers need to ensure that they provide a supportive and safe environment for their children.
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