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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
Alcohol: If already anxious, I would not advise it. ...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
What to do if I have bad panic attacks, I think I am suffering from depersonalization disorder. How long will this last?
Til you get therapy: Find a therapist who specializes in treating panic disorder, especially helpful is exposure based therapy for panic, where gradually, with the therapist's guidance, you intentionally ; repeatedly bring on various symptoms of panic, interspersed w/ relaxation techniques. By doing this over ; over again, the physical sensations that accompany the panic feeling will no longer trigger a panic attack. ...Read more
Bad panic attacks, I think I am suffering from depersonalization disorder. How long will this last, what do you recommend?
Well, a person can: Experience depersonalization during a panic attack. I don't know if you are in treatment right now. If you have not had a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation - that would be a good starting point. You will also need to be worked up to ensure that there are no medical conditions contributing to your symptoms. Take care. ...Read more
I have borderline personality disorder and depersonalization. Could this cause depersonalization and borderline personality disorder?
Reported slight or definite improvement with benzodiazepines and Clonazepam in particular. Benzodiazepines are not known to reduce dissociative symptoms; however, they do target the often comorbid anxiety and stress experienced by those with dpd and, thus, lead to global improvement.
There is no medication to treat the dissociative disorders themselves. However, a person with a dissociative dis. ...Read more
Should I get Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for my depersonalization disorder?
Depersonalization: Adderal has been known to help with depersonalization give it a try if your doctor will give you a prescription. ...Read more
No treatment center: There is no approved medical treatment for pure personalization disorder. Psychotherapy can help you deal with it, but I would insist that your therapist and you both read" overcoming depersonalization disorder." there are other similar books at amazon. Best wishes for brighter days and a safe re-entry. (I am sure you understand my point of reference.). ...Read more
How severe can seasonal affective disorder possibly be? Can it mimic moderate-severe depr., anx., and depersonalization?
What is the most effective form of medication for depersonalization disorder with panic attacks? Currently on SSRI to no avail.
Depersonalization Disorder is persistent or recurrent experience of feeling detached from, and as if one is outside observer of, one's mental processes or body. During this experience reality testing remains intact. There is no specific medication for this Disorder. psychotherapy can be beneficial.
Panic attacks respond well to Medications like Ativan or Xanax (alprazolam). Please see a Psychiatrist. ...Read more
Could I have developed depersonalization or dissociation disorder as a child? I had my first attack at age 6 and it was when my mom moved out. BPD
Yes: Emotional trauma in childhood is very much associated w/ dissociation. In fact it is the 'mother' load for symptoms that comprise attachment and stability disorders. That said, w/ deep psychological therapy so rare now, these root issues are often (always) neglected in favor of pharma-solutions. You may find a worthy talk therapist or you might work through things in poems or art. You're worth it! ...Read more
Can depersonalization disorder last a lifetime? I have very bad anxiety, Depersonalization and depression 24/7 after a bad experience with weed. HELP
Depersonalization: Can come and go. I've seen "weed" trigger paranoia in young males. Daniel Amen, MD, has brain scan studies on its impact on the brain. You are young and have a great shot a resolving this. Please get a check up from your doc and see a mental health professional to learn how to cope w/anxiety and depression. It's likely all will be well. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Why does anxiety cause the realization and depersonalization? And what is the best treatment for severe anxiety and panic disorder? Thank you mike
Is it normal if I experience depersonalizations and derealisations even if I don't get panic attacks? I suffer from panic disorder and social anxiety.
I'm 18 and have a lot of medical issues and a lot of stress from anxiety disorders like depersonalization, etc. And I can't enjoy life and losing hope!
Stress; anxiety: Start with fp first, who may start mood enhancing meds as well as find out what issues are stressing u. May refer u to therapist who can delve deeply into problems. Fp can deal with medical issues. Try yoga/tai chi/meditation as means to de-stress & to meet new people in relaxed setting. Exercise can burn off built-up adrenaline that adds to anxiety. ...Read more
What can I do about depersonalization disorder? I have absolutely no one to talk to about this, because no one understands it. I need a doctor who actually knows about depersonalization. I really need help with it, is there anything I can do?
The: The most important thing is to find a cognitive behavioral therapist for evaluation. Please seek one out in your area. There are some medications that can be tried, such as ssri agents and anticonvulsant medications. Cognitive behavioral therapy has helped people with this condition. ...Read more
What is the best medication for depersonalization disorder? Is low testosterone causing my anxiety symptoms?
Depersonalization: Depersonalization can come from multiple sources. For depersonalization disorder, medications are not the main part of treatment -- psychotherapy is. The medications may support the person and help manage overwhelming anxiety and depression, etc. They will not cure the condition, though. Such a person may be dealing with a history of severe abuse, and depersonalization has become a coping style. ...Read more
Doctors, can a liver problem or abnormal blood chemistry cause ptsd, depersonalization disorder, anxiety, uncomfortable fogginess, pressure? I'm 18
A SEARCH: Unclear about what is actually wrong. We all want to know why something is wrong and we guess. I don't know weather your worry is a liver or blood problem or an emotional problem or both. Please go to your dr and share the worries with someone who can sort them out. You mean well, but you'll do better with help. ...Read more
Brain Fog or Depersonalization? Alway Tired, feel unattached, headache, dizzy, blah feeling, anxious. Ido get lack of sleep also have panic disorder.
Anything from too: High a stress level, to physical or mental illnesses. Depersonalization is the feeling that your thoughts and feelings are unreal, like coming from a robot, or just seeming very strange to you. Have you been sick lately, or are you taking any drugs (look for interactions or overdose)? Depersonalization is most classically associated with sever mental illness, so check with a doc. ...Read more
Well, there isn't: Too much info here to get a handle on this. Do you have a psychiatrist? A psychologist? Have you had a comprehensive psychological assessment? Are you on meds for your depersonalization? If you haven't had a full assessment - that's important. Treatment by both a psychologist ; a psychiatrist would be optimum. Most patients I treat who have significant problems wdepersonalization need medications. ...Read more