I understand that sometimes sciency approaches alienate people, so I’m going to in a way, rewrite it to make it less sciency.But then I have to write another blog straight after on my life. So, let’s get cracking.
So what is it?
Sufferers of Depersonalisation feel divorced from both the world and from their own body. Often people who experience depersonalisation claim that life “feels like a dream”, things seem unreal, or hazy; some say they feel detached from their own body.
People can have depersonalisation disorder or just depersonalisation traits.
- Feeling of being outside oneself, including mental activities, body, or parts of the body
- Feeling of automation, i.e. feeling trapped in a dream or movie
- Sensory anaesthesia, a lack emotions
- Sensations of lacking control over one’s actions, i.e. speech or motor functions
- Emotional or physical distress as a result of the symptoms of the disorder
- constant worrying or strange thoughts that people find hard to switch off.
What causes it?
Depersonalisation occurs with anxiety because you are so used to watching yourself, questioning your illness, day in, day out, that you start to feel detached from the outside world. Your mind has become tired and less resilient through watching and worrying about your symptoms. It has been bombarded with worrying thoughts and becomes fatigued. When our limbs tire, they ache. When our mind tires, we feel these strange feelings of detachment from the world around us, experiencing an almost dreamlike state, convincing ourselves that we are going mad or losing it. You are not; your mind is just so very tired and just craves a rest from all this introspection of oneself.
But obviously that’s not all: It is commonly induced by experiences with trauma (i.e. sexual, physical, or emotional) during childhood. Findings in 2002 indicate that emotional abuse in particular is a strong predictor of depersonalization disorder in adult life, as well as of depersonalization as a symptom in other mental disorders.
There is of course a physical side which can be detailed in the blog I wrote here: https://myobviouslittlesecret.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/depersonalisation/
There are obviously lots of different kinds. Some people will find that they will just need “the talking cure” and some will need medication, whilst others will need to start treating other mental illness for depersonalisation to go away. For a more insight into that sort of treatment, talk with a mental health care professional