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Gian Soriano

on 7 February 2014

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Transcript of Depersonalization

derealization is the actual sense of unreality
as if your living and walking inside of your dreams instead of facing reality

body is not intune with ones mental processes
as if you are not fully in control of your actions/movements
detached from your body
often paired with depersonalization, the two share similar factors
yet derealization faces the existing sense of reality (emotions & perception of the world)
depersonalization is in relation to ones physical attributes of unreality (the body)
Drug Use

Jeffrey Abugel (author of 'Stranger to Myself') says (during a 'Let's Talk' news interview) "...ecstasy is one of the primary culprits that can trigger dpd...".
Depersonalization could also be just a symptom of other mental disorders/habits. Such as:

Sleep deprivation
Bipolar disorder
having experienced a traumatizing situation (post traumatic stress disorder)
suffered a severe panic attack
having multiple personality disorder
are in the stages of adolescence & young adulthood.
Most likely to experience DP after:
Numb (2007) is a film about a successful screenwriter that falls into a constant state of detachment to both his body and his surroundings. He links his situation with his nightly habitual cannabis smoking. He is later convinced to seek psychiatric help, and is diagnosed with depersonalization disorder. He then meets a girl, and throughout the movie, tries his best to overcome his DP so that he may fully be with her.
Depersonalization disorder was first clinically recognized as a disorder by Ludovic Dugas in 1898
The study of depersonalization was more popularized during the 1930's
Sigmund Freud himself has suffered derealization/depersonalization shortly after visiting the Acropolis in Athens (in 1904).
After having learned so much about the greatness of the Acropolis growing up, seeing it for the first time had overwhelmed Freud.
It proved increasingly difficult for Sigmund to perceive it as real.
"So all this really does exist, just as we learned at school!" he wrote in an open letter to Romain Rolland.
Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self By Daphne Simeon, Jeffrey Abugel
Science of DP
Depersonalization hasn't been fully assessed in terms of its cause. Yet many psychoanalysts infer that it is an imbalance of brain chemistry.
Low levels of serotonin have been found in DP sufferers, after finding success in serotonin reuptake inhibitors as treatment. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter responsible for controlling certain functions such as sleep, behavior and sexual desire.
Low levels in serotonin will result in :
Difficulty sleeping
Muscle aches
Frequent nightmares
Panic attacks (rapid heart rate, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea)
Over thinking has also attributed to the cycle of depersonalization. Thoughts of self existence and curiosity can confuse and overwhelm the mind. This will re-spin the cycle.
Over thinking
what if everything isn't real?
what if I'm not real?
what if nothing's real?
Overthinking (cognitively) with depersonalization will likely prolong the effects. After questioning ones existence (am I really alive? Or is the world fake), this will frighten the mind. These questions overwhelm and trick the brain. Enough so, that the mind will create a layer of numbness. Emotionally and physically, so that the fear of not existing will be more bearable with a lower range of feeling. Constantly over thinking dp will result in the prolonging effects of the disorder.
Why does DP happen?
Depersonalization disorder is actually a method of protection. Once someone is exposed to a traumatic situation, drugs, suffers a panic attack etc., the mind inhibits depersonalization. DP is a way to block out any other possible trauma. By numbing the emotions/physical connection, the sufferer will be able to deal with a situation (to a greater degree) with the 'protection' of DP.
The first step to recovery is self diagnosis. You must be fully aware that you have the disorder so that you may be able to seek proper help.
Acceptance is an essential step, as this will help seize the cycle of over thinking.
If symptoms of depersonalization are too overwhelming, psychiatric help will be a favorable option. Diet & nutrition, exercise, sleep are important, as they help increase serotonin levels. There aren't any known medications specifically prescribed for DP, but serotonin re uptake inhibitors or anti depressants are some medications that can shown progressive improvement in DP sufferers.
In conclusion
Depersonalization is a dissociative disorder that deals with the physical and emotional senses a person feels. It affects one’s memory, identity, perception and consciousness, dissociating them from their being, as though they are not completely whole, physically and mentally. It may last minutes, weeks, or even years. It all depends on how one deals with their disorder. There is always hope for recovery, and help if you seek it.

There are also possibly genetic factors that can trigger dp. Such as the imbalance of brain chemicals or neurotransmitters.
Cognitive therapy
: focuses on changing the negative thoughts of dp.
: direct interaction between a therapist and patient.
Creative Therapies
: (
Art or music
) creative outlets of therapy for patients.
Clinical Hypnosis
: after being immersed in intense relaxation, patients are put into an altered state of consciousness where they may explore thoughts feelings and memories they may have suppressed from their conscious mind.
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