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Understanding depersonalisation

Depersonalisation is a psychological phenomenon that involves a feeling of disconnection or detachment from one's self.

People who experience depersonalisation might feel as though they are observing themselves from outside their body or as if they are in a dream. It can involve a sense of emotional numbing or feeling as though one's thoughts and actions are not their own.

Depersonalisation can occur as a symptom of several disorders, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other dissociative disorders. It can also be triggered by extreme stress, trauma, or substance use. For some, the experience might be brief and episodic, while for others, it can be more persistent and troubling, significantly impacting their daily life and functioning.

Treatment for depersonalisation typically involves addressing the underlying cause or disorder. This might include therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and in some cases, medication might be prescribed to help manage symptoms.


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