a temporary dissociative experience which takes place at or near the time of a traumatic occurrence. Those impacted might feel as if they're watching the event take place to someone other than their self, as if in a film, or they might feel zoned out and disoriented following the event. The occurrence of this is an indicator for the later cultivation of post traumatic stress disorder.

PERITRAUMATIC DISSOCIATION: "Peritraumatic disassociation is not uncommon of patients who have experienced such traumatizing and scarring events."
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