Have you ever felt like you’re living in a dream? Or see yourself from the outside of your body? I’m sure at some point or another you’ve experienced some sort of version of this – I’m certain I have. So what exactly is this feeling called? It’s called depersonalization disorder – that is, when those feelings don’t go away or keep occurring.
Those who suffer from depersonalization disorder have often experienced traumatic events. Although this disorder can interfere with relationships, work, and such, it can be treated with psychottherapy (talk therapy) and sometimes medications can be prescribed.
Symptoms of depersonalization disorder include:
- Feeling like a robot or that you’re not in control of your speech or movements
- Emotional or physical numbness of your senses or responses to the world around you
- Feelings that you’re an outside observer of your thoughts, feelings, your body or parts of your body, perhaps as if you were floating in air above yourself
Some facts about depersonalization disorder:
- Those who are at higher risk: mid- to late teens or early adulthood — however, it is rare in children and older adults
- Triggers may include : having other mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety, or physical and medical conditions – such as seizures or a head injury.
Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.