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In Topic: Forthcoming DPD/dreams study.

26 April 2021 - 08:32 AM

This study about depersonalisation and dreams, is now open for people to register an interest in participating.

To be included, you must be

a) formally diagnosed with DPD
B) between 18 and 65 years old
c) need to commit to participating for 15 days in a row (it's mandatory).


Below I have copied in further info from the researchers. It includes the email address to register your interest.

Dear all,


We would like to invite you to express your interest in taking part in an online study exploring the relationship between dreams and depersonalisation. 


Who can take part?


Participants aged between 18 years old and 65 years old, formally diagnosed with Depersonalisation/Derealisation Disorder. 


What is the commitment?

First, we need to decide whether you are eligible for the study. To do so, you will need to fill an initial questionnaire regarding potential mental health symptoms including DPD, your diagnosis and treatment details, questions regarding your sleep quality and a general dream questionnaire (it takes 20-35 minutes to complete).

If you are eligible, then we will contact you back with instructions. 

But basically you will need to do two things for 15 days in a row:

Each morning, when you wake up, you will need (i) to freely describe in your own words your dreams (if any); and ( ii) complete a short questionnaire. Don’t worry if you can’t recall your dreams every day, or you don’t have any. You will simply have to state so. 
The same day, each evening, before you go to sleep, you will have to complete another short questionnaire

What do I get out of it?

You will be reimbursed a flat compensation of 40GBP for your time. You will help researchers better understand this under-acknowledged yet widely spread and distressing condition.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please drop us an email at : [email protected]

Please note that this is only an expression of interest and not the study proper. The study proper will begin only after you have received the Information Sheet and signed the Informed Consent form. We do have ethics approved for this study ( cf attached). 

We can only test 25 participants (because of the limited budget) and the slots will be offered on the first-come/first-served basis, hence we strongly encourage you to express your interest at your earliest convenience, in order to secure your slot.

If you have any questions regarding this study, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Anna Ciaunica at : [email protected] and/or Dr Helge Gillmeister at : [email protected]

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email!


Best wishes,


Anna &Helge




Institute of Philosophy Porto, Portugal  & 

Research Associate - Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Alexandra House, Queen Square
London - WC1N 3AR

In Topic: Is this a symptom of DP/DR too?

21 April 2021 - 05:43 AM

Yes, that effect/symptom is true for me. I would say that life is to feel aware of one's presence in the world, through time, and to emotional recall those experiences. But DPRD flattens and denies all that, so yes I find that all I am interested in is passing by without me able to engage with 'real' consciousness and presence. I think that is a cruel loss which is not comprehendible to non-DP people. I can envy them. So all credit to you for prevailing through this.

In Topic: A bad DP week

03 April 2021 - 11:24 AM

I have to be very careful with alcohol as it complicates and zonks what little awareness DPD leaves me at the best of times. Having said that, I find a small amount of alcohol at night can be helpfully a little grounding with the loss of body sense (desomatisation). If I overdo it to soothe the secondary stress of DP/DR, then DP/DR are worse for days. Then I detox and pace myself until things settle to my usual DP/DR (if still crud). Hopefully, your DP has calmed since Monday. Water, veg, showers and self-will all help me, though I lapse of course. Good you avoid caffeine - it's much worse than alcohol for my symptoms. So chocolate is dodgy, I find.

In Topic: Forthcoming DPD/dreams study.

04 March 2021 - 07:56 AM

Hello Anna,


I was asked to participate in this study and I agreed to, but she is gathering a control sample etc. at this stage. So I am waiting to hear further details of what the 15 minute daily reports will involve. I am also curious about what areas of dreams are of interest when, as you say, they are so subjective and affected by non-DP factors too. Perhaps the quality of dreams would be significant, rather than content. I.e. how that compares to the unreal experiences in daily DPRD? I will wait to see how this study is structured. Interesting.    James  

In Topic: Reality Testing

27 February 2021 - 09:16 AM

For me, the quality and apparent actuality of 'realness' can reduce to the extreme, but reality testing would be a different loss and never happens. I.e. I know what is real or a fantasy - even if emotionally they are scarcely distinguishable. Knowing the difference is reassuring to me when it gets scary, if pragmatic.