Depersonalization Disorder – a personal experience of treatment

This blog was inspired by an excellent blog post describing elements of living with chronic Depersonalization, which is now known as Depersonalization/Derealization disorder. Read Sandy’s blog to find her experiences of treatment Dreamchild – Therapy and Medication.

Diagnostic Criteria

Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder description

Depersonalization disorder is a Dissociative Disorder. Depersonalization is an experience that can occur within a schizophrenic, depressive, phobic, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, or Dissociative Identity Disorder, as well as being a separate disorder.

Certain substances can also cause these effects, so these are excluded in the diagnostic criteria. Depersonalization often includes Derealization experiences (DR); they are now considered a single disorder.

The Stranger In The Mirror

Art from Known as DP or DPD, Depersonalization Disorder can be difficult to treat. One example of depersonalization is being unable to recognize yourself in a mirror. Dissociation expert Dr Marlene Steinberg’s reflected this in the name of her classic book, The Stranger in the Mirror, Dissociation – The Hidden Epidemic, and the art work here.

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