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  • Have you ever felt like you were living in  a dream? Or like your surroundings seemed  

  • artificial? Or objects were distorted in  terms of their distance, size, and shape?

  • If so, you may have been experiencing  an episode of derealization.

  • Or maybe youve felt like an outside  observer of your own body and thoughts.  

  • Or not in control of your speech. Or like  your arms and legs were too big or too small.

  • These are symptoms of depersonalization.

  • Together, they make up the components of  depersonalization-derealization disorder.,  

  • This falls into the family  of dissociative disorders,  

  • where there is a disruption or a breakdown  of awareness, consciousness, or memory.

  • With derealization, the disconnection is with  your environment, while with depersonalization,  

  • the disconnection is with your thoughts or  body. But a key aspect of this disorder is that  

  • you know these feelings of detachment aren’t  real, which is what separates it from psychosis.

  • Passing episodes of derealization or  depersonalization are pretty common.  

  • A 2001 study found that in just one  year, 19% of the 1000 participants  

  • had experienced an episode of depersonalization  and 14% experienced an episode of derealization.

  • The disorder, on the other hand is pretty rare,  

  • as only about 2% of the population  experience these episodes repeatedly.,  

  • Typically, these individuals include those  who have had a traumatic event in the past,  

  • struggle with severe stress, or have another  mental disorder like depression or anxiety.,

  • While the exact cause is unknown, the 2001 study  found that 78% of the reported episodes occurred  

  • when something very stressful happened and 66%  when the individual was nervous or depressed.

  • Findings like these have led some researchers to  believe that it may be a way to reduce anxiety and  

  • increase alertness, essentially putting you in  survival mode when your body feels threatened.

  • But when these episodes cause distress  

  • or interfere with your lifeit's time to see a doctor.

  • In order to treat the disorder, your healthcare  provider will develop a treatment plan that  

  • addresses the trigger that causes the  symptoms and the severity of the episodes.

  • Typically, some form of psychotherapy is usedbut in patients with depression or anxiety,  

  • an antidepressant or antianxiety  medication may also be prescribed.

  • This adaptive method has been found to help  even severely dissociative individuals. So,  

  • if youre struggling with episodes of  derealization or depersonalization,  

  • contact your doctor or check out the  description for links to some helpful resources.

  • and it's always best to believe people  when they say they're going through  

  • this. The last thing somebody who is experiencing  depersonalization or derealization wants to hear  

  • is that they're making all this up. They  know something wrong, so be there for them!

  • Are there any other disorders  you want me to talk about next?  

  • Let me know in the comment section belowand if you're comfortable with sharing,  

  • let me know if you or someone you know has  experienced derealization or depersonalization.

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This Rare Disorder Disconnects You From Your Body

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    Yui posted on 2022/08/03
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