Emotional Detachment Disorder Symptoms
Your brain uses many different chemical messengers to operate. These messengers not only tell your brain what to do - they also affect how you think, how you feel, and how you respond to things around you.
Anxiety causes some of these messengers to decrease. Studies have proven that anxiety seems to cause the production of some messengers, like serotonin, to suffer from lower levels than necessary. That can lead to a lot of changes in your behavior, and one of the most problematic is detachment.
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Different Types of Detachment
There is more than one type of detachment, and all of them both cause anxiety and contribute to anxiety. If you are new to the site and haven't taken my free 7 minute anxiety test, take it now to better understand your symptoms.
Detachment can be physical, emotional, and mental. Many different anxiety issues lead to all three of these types of detachment, and unfortunately each and every one seems to contribute to making anxiety worse. We'll explore all three in this article.
Physical Detachment - Distancing Yourself From Others
Anxiety and stress cause people to feel as though they need to be alone. In fact, one of the most common ways people react to stress is to go home, lay on the couch, and avoid fun activities. Part of that is because of emotional detachment (which we'll get to later), but a bigger part of that is simply because of how difficult it is to feel comfortable with others around you.
Anxiety gives you this feeling as though you're all alone, and that other people are unable to really grasp what you're going through. It becomes genuinely harder to hold conversations or concentrate. It makes things around you feel as though they are causing you a lot of pressure.
The natural reaction to all of those experiences is to want to withdraw, and that's why so many people distance themselves from everyone around them. They feel they need time to themselves.