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08/02/2011 05:55 AM

How to Explain Depersonalization

PhilPhil46
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Suffering from depersonalization disorder is a traumatic experience. You may want to confide with friends about how you're feeling, but it is really difficult to explain the feelings. It's hard to explain feeling unreal. This article gives you some suggestions and tips about how to tell a friend, a family member, and even your doctor how depersonalization affects your everyday life.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

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To explain feelings of depersonalization disorder ask your doctor, friend or relative if he or she has ever experienced feelings of the outside world seeming hazy or unreal especially after a stressful event. Most people can relate to this. Explain that depersonalization is similar to their feelings only yours last longer and can be more intense causing severe anxiety.

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To describe feeling of depersonalization use phrases such as, "I feel separated from the world like I'm going to disappear. I feel unreal at times or most of the time. It's almost as if I have one foot in this world and one foot in another. My brain somehow darkens my experiences connected with everyday life. Sometimes I look into the mirror, and it looks as if a stranger were looking back at me."

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Educate the person about depersonalization symptoms. Tell them that it is usually a separate disorder from depression and your feelings of anxiety increase after or during stressful events. It's the brain's way of numbing itself to emotional stress. It's not a form of insanity. Rather it's a normal process from the brain's reaction to the fight or flight response. Depersonalization usually clears up by itself, and there is no one single cure. Much more research needs to be done about the disorder.

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Suggest the person do a google search on depersonalization symptoms. There are some excellent websites that will help educate people about the disorder. People can also go to youtube and type "depersonalization" or "depersonalization index" into the site's search engine and hear other people's stories about depersonalization. See more resources for depersonalization in the section below.

Depersonalization Helpwww.depersonalizationtreatment.com

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08/02/2011 06:10 PM
Irishangel88
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I think it's very hard how.....people just think your a nut when you snap out of it, and then your left with the mess "you" made, but it wasn't you. Like I legit have people even on MDJ that HATE me now because of things i've done/said during dP episodes. And it really bothers me, and it's sad......I do try my best to make amends after the episodes, I really do. But I guess I can't really blame them eiether......I know I can get really mean during a dP episode......just sucks to have someone hate me for something I at the time literally had no control over.

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08/03/2011 03:51 AM
PhilPhil46
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Erin,

I don't think people hate you. They just don't know how to handle you during Dp periods. Don't stress over it. All you can do is apologise, weather they accept it or not, you have no control over it.


08/03/2011 12:16 PM
Raoul
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Erin -

I for one do not hate you (or anyone else) .

Your anger hurt me a lot, but I do not hold any sort of anger toward you - it just takes too much energy to be angry with anyone. I do not have that much energy.

Big gentle hug, Raoul


08/03/2011 12:49 PM
PhilPhil46
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Ditto,

Friends forgive and do not hate. Smile

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