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Depersonalization? - February 1st 2010, 08:23 AM

For the last few years I have had moments of not being able to recognise myself and feeling separated from my body. It used to happen just every so often. For the last few months I have been feeling this more and more. At the moment it is happening daily.I also suffer from depression and anxiety. I feel detached, unreal, I can't control anything I say or do because nothing I think feels like it comes from me. I feel like I'm losing myself. It happens mainly around people. I feel like I just shut off. It is really very distressing. I want to make it stop, but I'm not sure how. I started reading about dissociation, and then started reading about depersonalization. Does what I am experiencing sound like depersonalization? Is there any ways to stop it?



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Re: Depersonalization? - February 4th 2010, 05:26 PM

I could pull out the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and try to come up with a diagnosis based on your symptoms... but frankly, that wouldn't be ethical, since I don't know more about you and could very easily be wrong. The best way to figure out if you have a severe mental disorder (such as DID) is to see someone who specializes in diagnosing said disorders. You may be able to get a referral from your current physician/therapist, to see a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. Dissociative disorders, like most severe mental disorders, are usually treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy... so that's why it's important to find a psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in treating those types of mental disorders.





   
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