Why Do Some People Get PTSD and Others Don’t? By Sara Staggs, LICSW, MPH, Trauma is complicated. Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event has post-traumatic stress symptoms and many people who have symptoms see a natural decrease in those symptoms while others wind up with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dissociation is natural-- we all do it. It ranges from day-dreaming and being, "in the zone" to acute stress/crisis response, to Dissociative Identity Disorder. Obviously a little is OK, but more and more can be problematic for living a healthy life; give yourself permission to dissociate sometimes, but try to lessen it-- BE PRESENT!
Acute Stress Reaction-- (also called acute stress disorder, psychological shock, mental shock, or simply shock) is a psychological condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event, or witnessing a traumatic event.