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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Depersonalization Disorder

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What are the tell-tale symptoms of depersonalization disorder?

What are the tell-tale 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

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


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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

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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

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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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How can you recover from depersonalization disorder?

How can you recover from depersonalization disorder?

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

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Is it possible that I have depersonalization disorder?

You have not given: Enough information to know. Please let us know what makes you wonder if you have this disorder. ...Read more

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How to tell if I suffer from depersonalization disorder?

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

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Can I ever fully recover from depersonalization disorder?

Yes, but you first: Have to figure out its cause. Is this related to a psychotic condition? Medication side effect? Chronic stress? PTSD/Depression/Anxiety? DD will respond to various forms of psychotherapy but don't just start treatment without knowing what causes your symptoms. ...Read more

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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

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If I suffer from depersonalization disorder will lithium help?

If I suffer from depersonalization disorder will lithium help?

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

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What is the depersonalization disorder? How can you deal with it?

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

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Is there some physical illnesses that can cause a depersonalization disorder?

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

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I think I have a depersonalization disorder or something, what do I do? How to get tested?

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

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Why do some people have Depersonalization Disorder for multiple years or even for decades?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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?

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?

Pot and psyche: Clinically I've seen a number of people who become paranoid from pot. The dose and cleanliness of what you smoked is unknown. Please see a clinical psychologist to determine what is going on, be it from pot or from an underlying issue. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What causes depersonalization/dissociative disorders?

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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

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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

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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, 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

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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

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Could hypoglycemia cause depersonalization/feeling deam like? Non-Diabetic, no other symptoms.

Could hypoglycemia cause depersonalization/feeling deam like? Non-Diabetic, no other symptoms.

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

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Is it possible to have depersonalization disorder without having been abused sexually or physically previously?

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

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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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Is anafranil (clomipramine) effective for depersonalization disorder?

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Is anafranil (clomipramine) effective for depersonalization disorder?

Anafranil (clomipramine): Can work at low dose for anxiety symptoms. ...Read more

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Doctor pappas for 3yrs. I had symptoms of depersonalization but my therapist insisted i just didn't feel grounded. Was she right?

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

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What are the signs and symptoms of depression, derealization, and depersonalization?

What are the signs and symptoms of depression, derealization, and depersonalization?

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

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What to do if I have bad panic attacks, I think I am suffering from depersonalization disorder. How long will this last?

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