hey can u give some advice on how to stop dissociating?
I don’t think I have a definitive answer on this, but i’ll describe what helps for me.
I use the 5 senses grounding technique, where you ask yourself (or get someone else to ask you):
-What 5 things can you see?
-What 5 things can you feel?
-What 5 things wan you hear?
-What 1 or 2 things you can smell? (candles and perfumes help with this)
-What 1 thing you can taste? (can add more if you like)
One of my love languages is joking and pranks, and so I also find that having someone joke around with me or putting on a funny video helps me gain a bit more of a hold on reality.
Having people joke around me has many times even brought me out of non-verbal dissociative states!
When I dissociate in session, my psych often gets me to talk about facts and things that have happened.
e.g How did you get here today? How long did it take? When did you come in? What did eat today? etc. (obviously don’t be tempted to recall triggering facts)
If you’re looking for an answer on how to stop dissociating permanently, then that comes with time. It may never happen completely, but your mental health professionals need to be in the loop about that.
Hope this helps, let me know the outcome.