Depersonalization is often described as feeling “unreal”, disconnected from others and everything around you. A lot of ppl say they feel like they are looking through a glass window, or watching themselves in a dream like state. Victims say it is hard to connect and partake in everyday life because of these symptoms. It is one thing to have DP and another thing to have it and to be ashamed of it. That’s why this website was made, to bring awareness and advocacy to the disorder. People who are affected by DP are usually too afraid to share their symptoms with others for they fear they will be judged, as they themselves don’t quite understand it in the first place. It is important to share your symptoms with someone you can trust, a doctor,a friend, or a family member. (Someone who will not brush it off and take you seriously) Often times there is much shame associated with suffering from DP because it is not a disorder that many people have heard about and it makes it so much harder to describe to someone what you’re experiencing.I hope this website gives you the strength to accept your DP, learn about it, treat the core issue of what is causing it and accept your vulnerability. Together we can bring awareness and cure it through education and therapy.
Fear of Going “Crazy”
Many people report that they fear they are going insane or are suffering from psychosis. Although DP is the 3rd most common “mental disorder symptom” it is not a “mental illness” such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Depersonalization is a symptom of trauma, acute stress or chronic stress. But if all it is a symptoms of stress and trauma just like anxiety is, then why don’t all people experience it?
The answer lies in “attachment style theory”– a type of attachment you develop as a child toward your caregiver. If you grew up with a secure attachment style, chances are you won’t ever experience DP in times of high stress, that is because you have developed a strong coping mechanism during stressful times. To understand more about attachment styles click here.