Okay hear me out here - could it be that depersonalization is the same as depression but just with a different label?
"Diagnostic criteria for Depersonalization disorder include, among others, persistent or recurrent experiences of feeling detached from one's mental processes or body" (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders)
"Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can have a negative effect on a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings, world view and physical well-being" (People's Medical Society)
Now purely from a definitive stance, there are clearly some differences. The depersonalization definition does not mention "low mood" and the depression definition does not mention "feeling detached from mental processes". However, as we all know, the feelings associated with both these disorders invariably overlap. It could be the case, that one does not cause the other, in fact they could be the same thing?
Talking from personal experience, I find similarities in the feelings associated with both depression and "DP". So for example, in the majority of cases, DP and depression are caused by a traumatic event, be it a bad drug or alcohol experience, the loss of a loved one, losing employment and so on. In the majority of cases, the effect of feeling disconnected from one's mental processes is sincerely negative. If you can't feel excitement or joy and you lose interest in things, undoubtedly this will get you down. If you lose connection with yourself, it is often a technique utilised by your mind unconsciously to ease the suffering of depression. Why would anyone deliberately want to feel depressed after all? If you feel disconnected, life becomes very pointless which again is a classic product of feeling depressed. Our "world view" becomes very distorted with both disorders, with depression and DP it's as if we're looking at life from a completely different perspective to what we would want.
To me, I think depersonalization is just a less stigmatic label for depression since they share so much in common. I would like to hear from someone who has DP and isn't depressed? Can you honestly say that you feel happy when you have DP? Perhas if you saw it as some kind of spiritual quest then possibly I could understand.
Any thoughts or comments are welcome
LostSoul2Member Since 23 Oct 2012
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