Tennis, hon, I'm not a mental health mod, but my feeling is that you should definitely tell your doc and therapist about
this. I would hesitate to diagnose (or self-diagnose) at this stage, but it sounds to me as if you are certainly experiencing a newish symptom that is getting worse, and having an increasingly severe impact on your life.
Have you tried recording these experiences for your doc and therapist? It may not work too well retrospectively, but if you start recording each episode now, the docs might find it really helpful:
* when you first noticed this episode
* what you felt (or didn't feel)
* what others noticed, if anything
* how long the dissociation lasted
* anything that might have triggered it
* anything that might have helped it lift.
I appreciate that this sort of thing is very difficult to discuss. I did suffer long-standing trauma as a child and experienced this on a number of occasions when I was younger . Like you, I've found it hard to describe to others, so haven't. I haven't had the mirror experience, but have had occasions where I have no memory, almost as if I wasn't there at all. Fortunately, mine have only lasted a short while, instead of for long periods like yours.
Try not to freak out too much. Remember, if it started a year ago and you're still here, there's a good chance it won't get to you before you can talk to your therapist.
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