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Depersonalization Disorder Case Study
TRAUMA: There are all sorts of traumas that can be severe enough to make us depresonalize. Often military, but civilians too. The important thing is to get help with it, and many psychotherapists can help. Ask if they know depresonalization and if so, ask for help. This may have roots too tough to handle alone. ...Read more
Deliberate work: As a symptom alone, depersonalization can occur in many psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, ptsd, and depression. It can also happen in the context of intense stress like war, rape, accidents, etc. As a separate disorder it's more rare -- and requires intensive psychotherapy for recovery (which is possible). If depression & anxiety are strong, medications can help the psychotherapy along too. ...Read more
No: No, depersonalization disorder is not hereditary.Get a more detailed answer ›
You have not given: Enough information to know. Please let us know what makes you wonder if you have this disorder. ...Read more
Try this: Common descriptions are: feeling disconnected from one's physicality; feeling as though one is not completely occupying the body; not feeling in control of speech or physical movements; feeling detached from one's own thoughts or emotions; a sense of automation, going through the motions of life but not experiencing it or participating in it; loss of conviction with identity - dream-state. ...Read more
Depersonalization: Feeling of watching oneself act, while having no control over the situation, as if living in a dream. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Lithium is more for bipolar disorder and some depressions, not specifically for depersonalization disorder. Overall, the latter benefits most from psychotherapy. Medications may help some of the symptoms that can come along with depersonalization disorder, though. Good luck to you. ...Read more
Disconnection: The key symptom of depersonalization disorder is a sense of disconnection between your self aware self and other parts of your self (your body, your actions, your thoughts). People with it may feel that they are watching themselves from afar, or that they are "in a dream" even though they are awake. ...Read more
Disconnected feeling: Often caused by stress, trauma, and/or anxiety. Some consider it an anxiety disorder and some a dissociative disorder. Symptoms include a feeling of surrealism, distortions of body sense, and disconnection from familiar people and objects. Episodes can last from minutes to weeks. Cbt may be helpful. There are some promising medication combinations such as modafinal and ssri's. ...Read more
ANY?: Most of the time depersonalization is caused by something that has happened to a person - often trauma. If the news that you had a terrible illness were shocking enough you could depresonalize. But if anything is that intense (an experience?) you could use help in handling it. Time to stop off with a mental health expert - psychiatrist, psychologist or a social worker with mental health training. ...Read more
Depersonalization: This a psychological defense that needs to be understood, ask your doctor for a referral to a mental health professional who can help you understand the function of this defense and how to develop better ways of coping. Best. ...Read more
Several possible: Severe childhood abuse, a very poorly functioning parent, a suicide or traumatic death of a close person, severe extended stress or a severe physical trauma are all possibilities. Working closely w/ an expert psychotherapist will clarify and help resolve some or most of the problem. ...Read more
Can you recover fully from Depersonalization Disorder after having it for decades? Is it possible for everyone to recover if they do the right things?
At Last a Life:
The book details successful resolution of symptoms (or at least coping) via ACT - a type of psychotherapy - and of course education. Another is A Stranger to Myself.
The range of medical and emotional causes is broad. Be certain to have thorough evaluation to possibly include EEG/qEEG, sleep eval, autoimmune rule out, food sensitivities, vitamins, blood pressure and if other neuro symptoms - MRI ...Read more
Dissociative DO: This is controversial. Some believe it is due to childhood traumas & disorganized attachments. A recent review article by dr. Stern in the psychoanalytic quarterly journal jan. 2012, supports the hypothesis that current or recent trauma may affect one's assessment of the more distant past, changing the experience of the past & resulting in dissociative states. ...Read more
Breakdown?: I'm not sure what you picture when saying "emotional breakdowns." depersonalization disorder involves persistent or recurrent experiences of feeling detached from one's own mental processes or body. There is significant distress in social, occupational, and other areas of functioning. People with this disorder more often complain of feeling "numb" than of being emotionally over-reactive. ...Read more
It may be.: Hello. It is not uncommon for depersonalization to occur during panic attacks. If anxiety is the root cause, than selective serotonin reuptakes may be beneficial as well as anxiolytics. If depersonalization is not from another treatable cause - than atypical antipsychotics can be effective. ...Read more
Treatment works!: Feelings of depersonalization are not unusual with the use of marijuana. Obviously it is a problem for you since it is persisting. You should seek help as soon as possible. Seeing a psychiatrist would be a good idea but if you are distressed and can't set up an appointment right away going to an ER would be the way to go. Treatment works. Don't lose hope. ...Read more
Is it possible to have depersonalization disorder without having been abused sexually or physically previously?
Yes: Depersonalization can be triggered by any stress or trauma -- not only personal sexual or physical abuse. Being in an accident, etc. Drug/alcohol abuse can be a trigger. Also, it can occur with other mental health conditions like panic disorder, depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) or dissociative identity disorder (did). Abuse can also be with any of these, though. ...Read more