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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Feeling Of Unreality (Definition)

Much as it sounds, but typically the experience is felt as very odd. There is an unusual sensation of being disconnected from one's body or essence. Often described by people as feeling like watching a movie of themselves as opposed to actually feeling ...Read more


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What is depersonalization and derealization?

What is depersonalization and derealization?

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. Derealization is the feeling that your situation or environment is not real. Both of these 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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What causes derealization and depersonalization?

What causes derealization and depersonalization?

Many conditions : Depersonalization and derealization can be because of panic disorder. There's a condition called primary depersonalization disorder as well. Temporal lobe epilepsy can also cause these conditions. Any of dissociative disorders can certainly have derealization and depersonalization is a component. We do not know the underlying physiology of this condition however. Certain hallucinogens such as lsd, pcp, and certain mushrooms, have also been known to cause both of these conditions as has high-dose marijuana over a prolonged period of time. I have seen one case of Hydroxyzine overdose prolonged depersonalization. Withdrawal from certain substances of abuse can also cause depersonalization and derealization. It is not at all unusual for someone to experience derealization and occasional depersonalization as part of development through adolescence. ...Read more

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How do you treat derealization, 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. Treatment depends on the cause. In a psychotic syndrome antipsychotic medications may be used. If related to a traumatic situation may be part of a therapeutic strategy. Please consult a psychiatrist and/or therapist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How are depersonalization and derealization treated?

How are depersonalization and derealization treated?

Manage your Anxiety: Depersonalization and derealization are severe perceptual disturbances that involve a distortion in how one's own body and self feel (depersonalization) and a distortion in how the external world is perceived (derealization). While there are no commonly recognized treatments, medication and psychological approaches are often used in combination. ...Read more

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How do they treat derealization and 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. Treatment depends on the cause. In a psychotic syndrome antipsychotic medications may be used. If related to a traumatic situation may be part of a therapeutic strategy. Please consult a psychiatrist and/or therapist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm having depersonalization/derealization?

Txmt for condition: Depersonalisation disorder involves an unpleasant, chronic and disabling alteration in the experience of self and environment. In addition to these classic features of depersonalisation and derealisation, symptoms may also encompass alterations in bodily sensation and a loss of emotional reactivity. Primary depersonalisation disorder is probably more common than previously thought, and here we dis ...Read more

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How do I find what's the difference between depersonalization and derealization?

Here's theDifference: Depersonalization focuses on one’s sense of self. The person feels like they are detached from themselves, robot like, invisible. On the other hand, derealization focuses on one’s sense of one's surroundings. People who suffer from derealization feel like they are in a dream-like state where the environment seems unreal, foggy or hazy. ...Read more

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What can I do if I feel that I am suffering from extreme derealization and depersonalization?

What can I do if I feel that I am suffering from extreme derealization and depersonalization?

See psychiatrist: Derealization is the sense that one's environment is not real; depersonalization is the perception of being disconnected and estranged from one's own self and experiences. Both of these are painful states, and can come together or separately; they can also be part of anxiety and mood disorders. Please see a psychiatrist for a good diagnostic evaluation. Psychotherapy may help with this also. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to go through depersonalization and derealization? Feel like i'm going through them right now

Like an automaton.: Depersonalization is a feeling of detachment or estrangement from yourself and derealization is a feeling that nothing is real, like being in a dream. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why excessive quantities of mdma or ecstasy cause derealization and depersonalization?

MDMA: Mdma is a hallucinogen which mixes amphetamine and mescaline-type effects. It impacts serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine -- the serotonin effects may be responsible for the known pro-social effects of the drug. It causes release of oxytocin and vasopressin, which play strong roles in love, trust, and sexual feelings. Dopamine activity can lead to depersonalization/derealization. ...Read more

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Can caffeine induced depersonalization/ derealization l last a long time if you had excessive caffeine for 6 years ?

Made up Diagnosis: This is a made up or 'internet' diagnosis and has no basis in real medicine. It makes absolutely no sense in a medical context. I believe this is the tenth time you have asked this question. For me, it sure sounds like you need a full medical and psychiatric evaluation. There are several personality disorders that need to be evaluated given the symptoms you keep describing. ...Read more

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I know all the alcohol I used younger caused my depersonalization and derealization, I regret it so much. Will it ever go away? I regret it very much.

I know all the alcohol I used younger caused my depersonalization and derealization, I regret it so much. Will it ever go away? I regret it very much.

Yes, with help.: You seem to be very remorseful which is a good sign . You need to get psychotherapy (CBT) to work through your feelings of regret and to identify the factors that precipitated your alcohol abuse so that you will know how to avoid the pitfalls in the future. ...Read more

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Might depersonalization/derealization be caused by allergies?

Might depersonalization/derealization be caused by allergies?

No: Depersonalization and derealization are usually form of emotional detachment to deal with a difficult situation. Allergies would cause some congestion and fogginess. ...Read more

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Can derealization/depersonalization be a SSRI withdrawal symptom?

Possibly: Stopping an SSRI can be very challenging for some and it is very important to have close monitoring by a doctor of any symptoms that develop. It needs to be done slowly and each person's characteristics can make a difference. It's worth doing but it must be done carefully. Don't try to handle it alone - you want the doctor to be responsible for these decisions. Glad you're better now! ...Read more

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Can derealization or depersonalization cause chest pain or spasms?

Not causation, but..: The reasons that any of these experiences (symptoms) may occur could be the same. Even to say that anxiety can include all of them is still not necessarily getting to the basic cause which is probably different even for the same person at different times. Try to find an experienced psychotherapist to discover what's going on for you. If meds are thought to be useful, they'll refer you to an MD too ...Read more

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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