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What is the relationship between dissociation and panic attacks?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Small
In a very serious panic attack, some do feel ''i am just not myself'' but this is quite different from dissociation.

In brief: Small
In a very serious panic attack, some do feel ''i am just not myself'' but this is quite different from dissociation.
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: DID and panic
People with dissociative disorders often have comorbid panic attacks that are sometimes apparently genetic and at other times brought on by traumatic triggers reminiscent of past events.
Of course nightmares and flashbacks can become a source of panic attacks as well.

In brief: DID and panic
People with dissociative disorders often have comorbid panic attacks that are sometimes apparently genetic and at other times brought on by traumatic triggers reminiscent of past events.
Of course nightmares and flashbacks can become a source of panic attacks as well.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Panic/Dissociation
Panic attacks can show depersonalization (being detached from oneself) & derealization (feelings of unreality).
Dissociation is altered state of consciousness characterized by detachment from reality or from surroundings. It can involve the above symptoms as in panic, as well as daydreaming, amnesia, fugue states.

In brief: Panic/Dissociation
Panic attacks can show depersonalization (being detached from oneself) & derealization (feelings of unreality).
Dissociation is altered state of consciousness characterized by detachment from reality or from surroundings. It can involve the above symptoms as in panic, as well as daydreaming, amnesia, fugue states.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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In brief: Inverse relationship
Panic attack is associated with overactivity of the autonomic nervous system(fight or flight) with resulting anxiety, sweating, fast heart rate, hyperventilation in response to an anticipated or feared situation.
Dissociation however is a psychological defense mechanism that protects one from painful situations through disturbances in memory, counsciousness and personal identity.

In brief: Inverse relationship
Panic attack is associated with overactivity of the autonomic nervous system(fight or flight) with resulting anxiety, sweating, fast heart rate, hyperventilation in response to an anticipated or feared situation.
Dissociation however is a psychological defense mechanism that protects one from painful situations through disturbances in memory, counsciousness and personal identity.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
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