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Depersonalization Disorder Symptoms

(Also Known As: Dissociative Disorder Symptoms, Dissociative Symptoms, Chronic Depersonalization Disorder Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Depersonalization Disorder?

People affected by this condition report a feeling of being unreal. They experience a feeling of dulled emotions. A patient suffering from depersonalization often feels that their actions are robotic. Like dissociative disorders, depersonalization may stem from severe childhood abuse. The symptoms may happen right away or in the latter stages of life. 3

A patient suffering from depersonalization disorder experiences numbness or loss of sensation in more than one body part. Likewise, the patient feels that the certain piece of the body feels dissociated or detached from the rest. There is also a feeling that a particular part of the body is plastic, unreal, or getting small. It is also associated with a feeling that a certain part of the body has been removed from other parts of the body or from the body of another individual.

In depersonalization disorder, the patient feels that other people cannot see them or they are moving at a different pace than other people around them. When they look in the mirror, the patient feels that the reflection they see is the face of another person.

Although there might be an intact sense of reality in the patient, they might encounter a problem with their concentration and have difficulty with their short-term visual and verbal memory. The symptoms of depersonalization disorder are often persistent. The symptoms can be episodic in one-third of sufferers and is consistent in nearly two-thirds.

The dilemma of people suffering from depersonalization disorder is that they cannot explain the symptoms of their condition and may think that they are insane. The good thing about it is that the patient has a grasp of reality and is aware that their current experience is just a temporary feeling. This is the reason why depersonalization is not considered as a psychotic disorder.

Depersonalization disorder can bring about a stressful experience for the patient. During episodes, the patient may not be able to completely perform their social or academic functions.

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