Physical and physiological stressors - bright light, overheating, dehydration, sudden climate change, spinning or fever - can precipitate fleeting feelings of unreality of oneself and the surrounding world. These transitory non-pathological episodes are characteristic for adolescents. Sometimes the episodes foreshow the full blown depersonalization-derealization syndrome.
The cause of depersonalization has not been identified, but many precipitating factors which contribute to the development of feeling unreal are well known. The examination of the controversial causality of depersonalization begins with the classic case of a freshman smoking weed
The new DSM-5 has changed the name for depersonalization disorder and its diagnostic criteria. Does it deepen understanding of feeling unreal and improve the diagnostics and treatment of this painful condition?
Depersonalization is one of the most painful and difficult to define conditions. How to fit its notorious uncertainty and ambiguity in the frame of rigor and clarity of psychopathological classification? This post explores the journey of depersonalization throughout DSMs from the DSM-I of 1952 to the DSM-5 of 2013.
The history of Depersonalization begins 133 years ago. It happens neither in clinical setting nor in scientific lab. A poet and philosopher Amiel described it in his diary, "The Journal Intime," as a form of philosophical search for self rather than morbid condition. His poetic introspection still stimulates debates about the dialectics of self-consciousness and reality.
Suddenly reality escapes you. You feel like a strange to yourself. Your feelings and thoughts are foreign and world around is unfamiliar.Finally you learn that you have Depersonalization Disorder only to realize that medicine does not have a cure for your suffocating unreality.
The day your mysterious malady of lost self receives the diagnosis of depersonalization inspires hope. But unfortunately, you may begin a long search for cure only to discover that you suffer from one of the most treatment resistant disorders.
The blog readers' comments suggest that there are four stages of dealing with depersonalization: 1. Uncertainty prior depersonalization has been diagnosed. 2. Hopes after depersonalization has been diagnosed. 3. Realization that depersonalization is a difficult to treat chronic condition. 4. Understanding and accepting life with depersonalization.
The mental disorder of depersonalization could hide itself behind presentations of an alarming medical emergency with seeming physical disturbances that could lead to the ER. This type of depersonalization is known as vital depersonalization and closely connected to anxiety and pain.
Patients who experience depersonalization describe it as the loss of the feeling "I am myself." Like breathing, we sometimes aren't aware of the "I am myself" feeling until we lose it or have difficulty recalling what it feels like.
Despite the fact that Depersonalization Disorder (DPD) is believed by some researchers to be the third most common mental disorder, many people, including professionals in the psychology field, do not know what it is or how to go about treating it. Here's a brief introduction to DPD and its symptoms.