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Causes Of Emotional Detachment
Yes: For some people with what analysts call "poor affect tolerance, " the emotions others evoke in them are too overwhelming, and in order to defuse those threatening emotions/affects, they use a psychological defense known as "isolation of affect, " which is a way of divorcing thoughts from emotions, allowing one to think about someone without feeling the accompanying emotions (emotional detachment). ...Read more
Emotional detachment: Occurs following traumatic events. It is an attempt to protect one's self from further harm and pain. If you numb your feelings you hope to stop being hurt. However, we all need our feelings so that it does not work in the long run. (this is an extremely simplified explanation, but the best i can do in such limited space). ...Read more
Anxiety Induced: Not an official diagnosis, "emotional detachment" can describe someone who has trouble making emotional attachments with others, often due to anxiety related to some form of previous trauma that may or may not be remembered. It can also describe a strategy of intentional emotional shielding from someone who is otherwise too emotionally intrusive. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/emotional_detachment. ...Read more
If you are feeling: Emotionally detached, you can reach out to a therapist and talk about how you are feeling. They will work with you to understand whether this is due to depression or a reaction to events that have happened in your life which need to be discussed ; worked through. If talk therapy does not help enough, medication might be in order. ...Read more
Detachment: Please consider working with a psychologist or psychiatrist on this. You'll first need a comprehensive evaluation to determine a working diagnosis, so that effective treatment can be provided. ...Read more
As a doctor does dealing with death become an emotional detachment? Does anything strange occur prior or following death?
Detachment? No.: I've been with many people when they died. Sometimes this is peaceful, and sometimes not. Dealing with death is not an "emotional detachment" for me. Depending on what the patient has directed, extensive procedures might be being done just before death. My main role is being simply present with the patient & family, as requested. Death is part of life -- sad at times, but not strange at all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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