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Hello and thank you for your question. May I ask, what exactly was she doing during the span of those 4 hours? And do you have any examples of possible dissociation while you two are face to face?
Thank you for your response. It does not sound like this is considered dissociation because when people dissociate they usually have a period of automatic thinking or period of time where you are not connected with either yourself or the outside world. It appears that she is connected in these group chats as she actively engages in them, so that would typically rule out dissociation. There is a possibility that she may just be feeling anxious and this can account for a lack of focus, which is why she likes to go on these group chats to help her cope with her anxiety and stress. These group may be a way for her to relax and lessen her anxiety/stress, but overall stress and anxiety can cause a lack of focus and may contribute to her losing track of time. I am not sure what she was like before her trauma, but what you are describing sounds like a lack of focus and absent mindedness that may not even be linked with the Complex PTSD at all. Individuals with poor time management or absent mindedness is typically a predetermined genetic issue like ADHD Inattentive Type for example. If she has this level focus in other tasks than maybe she has an Inattentive Type of ADHD that has not been diagnosed yet.
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