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.
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
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.
- Depersonalization/Derealisation Disorder (traumadissociation.com)
- more Dissociation: (ptsdawayout.com, Depersonalization within Dissociative Identity Disorder)
- Feeling that Reality is Unreal (psychieblog.wordpress.com)
- My Depersonalization Episodes (myyeartothrive.wordpress.com)
- Understanding Dissociation (traumadissociation.wordpress.com)
- What is it like to be suffering from something that isn’t adequately recognized? (traumadissociation.wordpress.com)
- Reader Question: Treating Emotional Numbness (drkathleenyoung.wordpress.com)