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Welcome to Part 2 of my 3-episode depression series. Today's conversations first discusses dissociation, what it is and why it happens. I then invite you into exploring how you uniquely experience this shut down state. Mapping this nervous system state involves exploring the different sesnation, emotions, thoughts, and behviors that you experience there. The more familiar you become with why and how you uniquely experience depression, the clearer the path becomes to regulation and healing. Hit play to learn more!

3 Takeaways from this episode:

  1. Understanding dissociation as a defense mechanism and not a defect. It is often a mental flight when a physical flight might not seem like an option. It is one of our nervous systems powerful defense mechanisms to shield you during times of trauma or extreme stress - it allows your mind to create distance from overwhelming experiences.⁠ It happens when you enter that red shutdown state and often goes hand in hand with depression.

  2. This shut down state has two goals: Minimize pain & conserve energy

  3. Your shutdown, depression, has a unique blueprint and way it shows up. Getting familiar with that is the first step towards regulation. The most tangible takeaway from today is an invitation to map out your nervous system.

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