A highlight from Under Recognised Mental Health Conditions
Even in the british medical journal de personalization disorder is referred to as the as if this order. Because we're so reliant on using metaphors to try and explain what symptoms are but essentially it falls on the spectrum of associated disorders and it can affect different people differently but the core symptom of de personalization is essentially a disconnection. It's the manga metaphors. We typically use as it feels as if withdrawn all time or as if we're living life behind the pane of glass is essentially a constant dreamlike state. That makes you feel as if you'll removed from both yourself that's de personalization and also the world around you which is derail ization and generally the to come together but for some people d- personalization can be transient and it can come and go but for others. It can be much more long term and it can affect you for months years decades or even more. but that's essentially what d- personalization disorder raises a chronic disorder. That will go on for usually a good amount of time and can be quite difficult to treat. Unfortunately but it's that dream like state the ties pretty much. The defining characteristic there are other things that exist. On the periphery and people can go one way or the other with certain symptoms but overall it's that detachment form yourself and the world around you. That defines de personalization. I notice the said constant. Is it a persistent thing or there. Any moment that people can get relief. A as i said it affects everybody very differently some people it can be a transient thing and it can come and go. Depending on another sort of underlying problem appears as reactions fat so for example it could come about as a result of a panic attack. So if you have a panic attack deep personalization like come along with that and when the panic goes away in the anxiety levels drop the de personalization will kind of fizzle out but when he becomes a chronic disorder loss for much longer periods of time. So for me. I've had de personalization food nearly fourteen years now and in that time i haven't had a single moment where it has dropped. It is twenty four seven chronic for some people. It doesn't move around. Bit certain period saw more difficult than others and it does fluctuate a little bit and the likes of cbt. Therapy equate goods. Aren't picking up on those patterns and working with a therapist to jesus peaks and troughs but for some people like myself de personalization is kind of mode. The the mind is switched into and yet it's it's completely chronic for me. Twenty four seven and it's kind of steadily got worse over time but it's never got better in terms of the severity of the symptoms. Herman did take fee to get correctly. Diagnosed with this. It took a long long time. And that's one of the really big problems for me from the first onset of symptoms to getting an official diagnosis. It was about ten years. But that's pretty average for this condition. I think the average diagnosis period is seven to twelve. So i'm kind of in the middle of that so it is one of the most baffling things for me. 'cause the more of looked into de personalization over the years de personalization as transient symptom is third most common symptom of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. Ptsd and things like that but even as a chronic disorder. That's very persistent. Doesn't want to go away. It's thought to affect one percent or want to percents even the general population to a clinical level. Which is about as prevalent as things such as ocd in schizophrenia. And if you think about the the amount of services out there in the amount of awareness about what those conditions are for de personalization to be as prominent as that and still people not knowing anything about it it's absolutely baffling but yet it took ten years for me but that is unfortunately far from out of out of the ordinary.