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Symptoms Of Depersonalization Disorder
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
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
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
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
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 symptoms that can come along with depersonalization disorder, though. Good luck to you. ...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
Help! FTM. After having my son I've not been myself. Lost. Depersonalization I have every symptom of&anxiey. What do I do :/ I'm scared and worried?
Call your Doc NOW: PLEASE contact your obstetrician TODAY and let them know. It sounds like you may have postpartum depression and this can be serious. You doctor may prescribe medication and counseling to help you start to feel better. They can help! Be open with your feelings. Ask for help from family, spouse, or friends taking care of the baby if you need-there is nothing wrong with needing help. ...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
Almost 7 weeks ago I smoked pot and have felt very strange since. I have alot of symptoms of depersonalization but im having other issues as well that?
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, then 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
Alcohol: If already anxious, I would not advise it. ...Read more
Yes: Hypoglycemia is a situation in which the blood sugar drops to a suboptimal level to sustain metabolism. The brain is one of the organs whose function solely depends on blood sugar. Hence, you will be disoriented confused or hallucinate with hypoglycemia. The body has an inbuilt mechanism to combat this in a health individual. Set-up a consult to find out why you have hypoglycemia. ...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
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
Doctor pappas for 3yrs. I had symptoms of depersonalization but my therapist insisted i just didn't feel grounded. Was she right?
Confusing situation: It's hard for one person to tell another what the other person feels, even if the first person is a therapist or psychiatrist. You're the authority on the raw experience you're having, no one else. The defensive process of "depersonalization" could result in not feeling "grounded;" but you'd have to ask the therapist what she means by it, and why this differs from what you already conveyed. ...Read more
3 different problems: 1. Depression= sadness, lack of pleasure, problems w/ sleep & appetite, suicidal ideation, etc. 2. Derealization = a sense that the external world is surreal. Not a psychiatric dx. 3. Depersonalization disorder = a sense that we are not real or that we can't relate to who we are. Thought of as a dissociative disorder in dsm. ...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