Dissociative disorders are usually triggered by overwhelming stress or trauma.
- Individuals may have been abused or mistreated during childhood.
- They may have experienced or witnessed traumatic events, such as accidents or disasters.
- Or they may experience inner conflict so intolerable that their mind is forced to separate incompatible or unacceptable information and feelings from conscious thought.
Individuals with stress-related disorders may have dissociative symptoms, such as amnesia, flashbacks, numbing, and depersonalisation/derealisation.