Depersonalization Disorder

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Depersonalization Disorder

Depersonalization disorder is a mental health condition in which a person feels disconnected from their body. People with this condition feel as if they are observing their life from outside their body and that things around them are not real. For some, the symptoms are mild and last just a short time. When symptoms are chronic, or last over a longer period of time, they can become very problematic and interfere with daily life. Depersonalization disorder rarely occurs alone and is usually a symptom of another disorder. Dangerous situations commonly trigger periods of depersonalization. A psychiatrist or psychologist can diagnose depersonalization disorder through interviews and assessment tools. In order to be diagnosed the patient must have periods of depersonalization, in which they realize the experience is not real, symptoms interfere with their life, and symptoms are not caused by the effects of another mental health disorder, alcohol or drugs. Treatment for depersonalization disorder is primarily talk therapy, however medication may be added if needed.

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The terms "Depersonalization Disorder" returned 5 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Depersonalization disorder: disconnection of cognitive evaluation from autonomic responses to emotional stimuli.
 

Author(s): Matthias Michal, Ansgar Koechel, Marco Canterino, Julia Adler, Iris Reiner, Gerhard Vossel, Manfred E Beutel, Matthias Gamer

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Patients with depersonalization disorder (DPD) typically complain about emotional detachment. Previous studies found reduced autonomic responsiveness to emotional stimuli for DPD patients as compared to patients with anxiety disorders. We aimed to investigate autonomic responsiveness ...

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2013

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Interoceptive-reflective regions differentiate alexithymia traits in depersonalization disorder.
 

Author(s): Erwin Lemche, Michael J Brammer, Anthony S David, Simon A Surguladze, Mary L Phillips, Mauricio Sierra, Steven C R Williams, Vincent P Giampietro

Journal: Psychiatry Res. 2013 Oct;214(1):66-72.

 

It is unclear to what degree depersonalization disorder (DPD) and alexithymia share abnormal brain mechanisms of emotional dysregulation. We compared cerebral processing of facial expressions of emotion in individuals with DPD to normal controls (NC). We presented happy and sad emotion ...

Last Updated: 2 Sep 2013

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The efficacy of lamotrigine in a resistant case of depersonalization disorder.
 

Author(s): Francisco Rosagro-Escámez, Noelia Gutiérrez-Fernández, Patricia Gómez-Merino, Irene de la Vega, José L Carrasco

Journal: Actas Esp Psiquiatr. ;39(4):263-6.

 

The individuals with depersonalizattion disorder suffer from a painful feeling that their body and mental experiences or the experiences of the environment seem become unreal, distant or mechanical. This phenomenon is often associated with other mental disorders, as in the case presented. ...

Last Updated: 19 Jul 2011

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Treatment of Depersonalization Disorder With Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Depersonalization Disorder

 

Last Updated: 30 Sep 2014

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