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Doctor insights on: Depersonalization Vs Dissociation

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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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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

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

Depersonalization (Definition)

A problematic and recurrent experience of feeling detached from one's mental processes or body. The experience might give a person a sense of being in a dream or being an outside observer of one's life. This experience ...Read more


Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Can azithromycin cause confusion and a spacey feeling. Can it cause things to seem like dissociation, derealization, and depersonalization?

Can azithromycin cause confusion and a spacey feeling. Can it cause things to seem like dissociation, derealization, and depersonalization?

Probably not: Azithromycin isn't known to cause side effects like these. But if these feelings continue, contact the doctor or clinic that prescribed it. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What does depersonalization feel like?

What does depersonalization feel like?

Depersonalization: Feeling of watching oneself act, while having no control over the situation, as if living in a dream. ...Read more

Dr. Aaron Ament Dr. Ament
Psychiatry
54 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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What causes depersonalization disorder?

What causes depersonalization disorder?

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

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
Lyceum Northwestern, Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation
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Can Depersonalization be cured and how??

Depersonalization: When transient is not a serious ailment but when recurrent, persistent and disruptive needs intervention. Usual intervention include ruling out other medical or mental illness, counseling, medications like SSRI and Benzodiazepams used for treatment of anxiety. ...Read more

Dr. John Moranville Dr. Moranville
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of depersonalization?

Reality distortion: Depersonalization is the feeling that you are not personally involved in your current situation or that you are not personally present in your environment. It may occur as a defense mechanism in a traumatic situation or may be a part of a psychotic syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What is the best way to lessen depersonalization?

What is the best way to lessen depersonalization?

It depends: First, one needs to know the cause of the depersonalization. It can come along with other psychiatric conditions such as anxiety disorders, some depressions, some psychotic disorders, and with certain kinds of substance abuse. If present, these need to be treated by a psychiatrist and/or psychotherapist. On your own, you can do some form of physical exercise; meditation; seek out friendships. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What is depersonalization disorder and how is it treated?

What is depersonalization disorder and how is it treated?

Depersonalization: Feeling of watching oneself act, while having no control over the situation, as if living in a dream. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Tapia Dr. Tapia
Psychiatry
9 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Can salvia cause depersonalization?

Yes: The administration of a hallucinogen such as salvia could cause depersonalizations in susceptible individuals. Stay safe! ...Read more

Dr. Kerry Ragain Dr. Ragain
Clinical Psychology
20 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is depersonalization very common in teens?

Is depersonalization very common in teens?

Probably not: If you mean chronic depersonalization, it is not that common. Although some infrequent degree of depersonalization is relatively normal for everyone, including adults and teens, chronic depersonalization is usually a sequelae of psychological trauma. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What causes depersonalization/dissociative disorders?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What causes depersonalization/dissociative disorders?

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

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How to stop depersonalization during times of anxiety?

How to stop depersonalization during times of anxiety?

Many ways: First step is to get treatment for your anxiety -- therapy can help. A good evaluation is needed. Sometimes meds are helpful, but talk therapies come first. Meditation as a lifestyle approach on your own. When anxious, deep, slow breathing that expands your belly as you breathe and relax. Consciously feel your feet on the ground, or your body in the chair. Focus on present moment sensation. ...Read more

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Dr. Grant Brenner Dr. Brenner
Psychiatry
20 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Could visual snow dissipate when depersonalization leaves?

Yes, depending: Visual changes are not unusual in depersonalization, and moreso derealization. If the symptoms come and go, then the visual snow effect may dissipate when the dissociative symptoms resolve. As usual, symptoms like this are found with other conditions, and a good medical evaluation is in order if it has not been done yet, before attributing this to depersonalization, or a related issue. ...Read more

Dr. John Holmberg Dr. Holmberg
Clinical Psychology
18 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I am suffering depersonalization anxiety. What should I do?

Suffering indeed: Depresonalization symptoms and other dissociation phenomena are important symptoms that you're coping has been out-passed by the stress and difficulties in your life now (and perhaps complicated by past trauma). Seek a licensed mental health professional's (i.E, . Psychologist or social worker) assistance and talk with your pcp asap! reach out today! you'll start to feel things turn around. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Is depersonalization more and more common in teens nowadays?

Depersonalization: Yes because they are more preoccupied with their computers, cell phones, texting, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Can depersonalization disorder cause a person emotional breakdowns?

Can depersonalization disorder cause a person emotional breakdowns?

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

Dr. Lawrence Smith Dr. Smith
Clinical Psychology
26 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Is it possible to overcome my depersonalization from eating a pot brownie?

Is it possible to overcome my depersonalization from eating a pot brownie?

Side effect: This symptom is a side effect of cannabis ingestion. It can be eliminated entirely by omitting the marijuana as an ingredient in your brownies. There are many good brownie recipes that don't include it. E.G., see: <a href="http://www.Epicurious.Com/recipes/food/views/cocoa-brownies-51134540" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.Epicurious.Com/recipes/food/views/cocoa-brownies-5. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is depersonalization part of mood disorder? What medication treats depersonalization?

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

Dr. Michael Blumenfield Dr. Blumenfield
Psychiatry
53 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can i fully recover from weed induced Depersonalization Disorder or is all hope lost?

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

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How to know the cause of depersonalization if I don't remember anything from my childhood?

How to know the cause of depersonalization if I don't remember anything from my childhood?

Perhaps not needed: If you remember nothing from your childhood and are now 18 (as your question note indicates), this is not usual. But you may not need to consciously remember "the cause" of depersonalization to get help for the symptoms you now have. What's important is to recognize that your current experience is distressing to you in some way, enough to seek help. A psychiatrist or therapist can be useful here. ...Read more