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#1 Molyneux1000



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Posted 01 May 2021 - 02:08 AM

Hi all,

I'm a community mental health nurse working in the North West of England. I've been qualified for 10 years. Whilst undertaking my nurse training, I experienced two years of chronic derealisation. Not a day went by without the world feeling abstract and unreal. It was an incredibly distressing experience.

In 2009 I recovered and have sustained this recovery for 12 years.

When I first became 'unwell', I sought help from various professionals: GP, counsellor, psychiatrist, none of whom appeared to have any understanding of what I was experiencing. I recall how absolutely demoralising this was. Perhaps things are different now however I did read a paper the other day in which DP sufferers were interviews. They highlighted how there was a craving for disorder specific treatment however this kind of intervention was thin on the ground.

When I look at how my disorder developed, although I didn't know it at the time, it followed exactly the CBT model devised by Elaine Hunter at the Depersonalization Disorder Unit, London.

I would like to develop a disorder specific treatment intervention using this model but wasn't sure how I'd go about this. With the pandemic and everything moving online, I wondered if this could be delivered 1:1 over Zoom.

I wanted to gain the opinion of the community to see if this was something you think would be worthwhile pursuing. If so, I wondered if anyone would be interested in speaking with me informally over Zoom to discuss your experiences of DP and what you might want from treatment.

Thank you in advance.

#2 Phantasm



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Posted 02 May 2021 - 05:39 PM

Hi Molyneux1000,


I think any mental health professional who even acknowledges DP as an experience, let alone as a disorder, will be much appreciated smile.png


I would hope Elaine Hunter would be accessible for advice on this subject, but I can't say.


Hopefully some members have been in contact regarding what they would want concerning help.

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