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Dissociation

Greysky

Registered User
May 15, 2013
4
Hi
I was wondering if anybody had experiences of their loved ones with dementia have talked about feeling their body doesn't feel part of them? My mum reports daily that she wished she could take her body and put it to one side as it doesn't feel like it belongs to her. I wonder if this is a common symptom of dementia.
Thank you.
 

Tin

Registered User
May 18, 2014
4,825
UK
Might be the same, but for a long time mum would believe there were two of me and would sometimes refer to herself as the other one that would not get out of bed. Also odd behaviour when looking at herself in the mirror. The other her has gone, but there is still 2 of me.
 

nitram

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Apr 6, 2011
19,896
North Manchester
My wife used to claim that her right arm had become disconnected and was floating away, it upset her because she could not catch it with her left hand as that arm had tremors.

Seeing two of people was very common - not double vision, two presences in different parts of the room - but she calmly accepted that.
 

Tara62

Registered User
I was wondering if anybody had experiences of their loved ones with dementia have talked about feeling their body doesn't feel part of them? My mum reports daily that she wished she could take her body and put it to one side as it doesn't feel like it belongs to her.
Yes, my late mother used to say this all the time, including the bit about wanting to put her body to one side.
 

Greysky

Registered User
May 15, 2013
4
Yes, my late mother used to say this all the time, including the bit about wanting to put her body to one side.
Thank you for your reply and sorry for my late response. It is comforting to know that my mum is not the only one to have this experience. I try and normalise it for her and as the day goes on this out of body experience reduces.