What Is Depersonalization?

What Is Depersonalization?

Depersonalization is the feeling of being “unreal” or detached from one’s body and surroundings. People who have been affected by depersonalization often say that they feel they have changed and that the world has become vague, dreamlike, less real, lacking in significance, and they feel robotic.  Depersonalization happens when one is under acute stress and suffering from anxiety. It is a coping mechanism which the brain goes into “auto” drive and suppresses any feelings, good or bad to prevent the person from feeling anymore stress or pain. Basically the brain “numbs” out feelings as a way to protect itself from anymore “danger”. When this happens the victim is then left feeling disconnect and in a dream like state. The feeling of depersonalization can be very scary and therefore can cause even more anxiety, creating a cycle that is hard to break. It is crucial to learn about depersonalization and what causes it in order to cure it.

Depersonalization can be explained as a split between the emotional and physical parts which make up a human body hence the disconnected feelings.

Depersonalization is a symptom of trauma or stress, to cure depersonalization you must treat the trauma first.

Symptoms:
  • Feeling unreal

  • Feeling disconnected

  • Feeling confused

  • Feeling like your are in a dream

  • Feeling like you are looking through a glass window

  • Feeling like you watching yourself  (outer body experience)

  • Feeling like you can’t connect with other people

  • Feeling scared

  • Feeling Depressed

  • Feeling like your limbs don’t belong to you

  • Feeling like you can’t control your thoughts or actions

  • Feeling like a robot

  • Hyper-awareness; cannot stop over-thinking or over-analyzing.

  • Feeling shame and sadness

  • Thoughts of death and the afterlife

  • Obsession with figuring out the purpose of life

  • Confusion between reality and fantasy

  • Feeling Numb, mentally and physically

  • Feeling dizzy in public places

  • Zoning out

  • Anxiety

  • Shame

  • Fear of going outside to public places incase the DP kicks in.

  • Fear of going crazy of being mentally ill.

Causes:
  1. Chronic Stress
  2. Trauma
  3. Childhood Abuse
  4. Narcissistic Abuse
Types of Trauma:
  • Childhood trauma: verbal, emotional and or physical.

  • Growing up with a significantly impaired mentally ill parent

  • Death of a close friend or family member

  • Acute stress: relationships, financial and work-related problems

  • Severe trauma, such as a car accident, war, kidnapping etc.

  • Narcissistic Abuse
By | 2018-03-21T00:06:57+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Depersonalization Blog|0 Comments