Symptoms of depersonalization disorder are initially episodic but become more frequent and severe over time, with symptoms fluctuating, but never being entirely absent.
Symptoms can affect people on five levels:
People suffering with depersonalization disorder will experience symptoms of depersonalization, derealization or both
Depersonalization: feeling detached from one’s body, feelings, thoughts, sensations. E.g. being unable to recognise oneself in a mirror, or feeling as though it is not them. Patients may feel like an outside observer to their life or feel disconnected for their memories and emotions.
“A feeling of being fundamentally wrong in your own body”
“Separate from myself”
“Like a robot”
“It feels like my limbs do not belong to me”
“I do not feel an emotional connection”
Derealization: feeling detached from their surroundings, a sense that things are unreal. Patients may feel as though they are in a dream or a fog, or like there is glass wall between them and the world. Derealization is often experienced in conjunction with blurred vision or perceptual distortions.
“Everything appears flat or in 2D”
“My head feels full of cotton wool”
“Everything is wavy”
Other typical symptoms include:
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Loss of emotional reactivity
- Fear of going ‘crazy’
- Emotional numbness
Cause of DPD
Whilst the cause of depersonalization disorder is still not known, there are a number of factors thought to increase the risk of it developing, including:
- Severe trauma
- Severe stress
- Depression or Anxiety
- Recreational drug use
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a safe, effective treatment for a range of mental health conditions, now available in the UK.
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