Looking to Help Others
Posted 01 May 2021 - 02:08 AM
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.
Posted 02 May 2021 - 05:39 PM
I think any mental health professional who even acknowledges DP as an experience, let alone as a disorder, will be much appreciated
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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