Years and years of practice in "numbing out" the pain can become a pitfall for trauma survivors. Oddly, the same skills that at first actually saved them from experiencing overwhelming suffering later become a trap. Persistent, unremitting dissociative experiences feel like the "fog" that won't go away. Learning to control dissociation with self-hypnosis can return the person to a sense of control. A first step towards this control, utilized by trained professionals, is to visualize the experience with markers or crayons after safety skills have been taught.

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