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Has anyone ever read this article in the New York Times? The title is Feeling Unreal: and then something else. I cannot find it and lost where I wrote the title down. I've searched and searched. I think it was from 1999. If I don't get any replies I'll go to the library tomorrow and pull the title up again. Just wondering if anyone has read it.
 
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Dr. Simeon at the dp research unit in NY has published 4 scientific articles of that title:

TI: Feeling unreal: 30 cases of DSM-III-R depersonalization disorder
AU: Simeon, Daphne; Gross, Shira; Guralnik, Orna; Stein, Dan J; et al
SO: American Journal of Psychiatry. Vol 154(8), Aug 1997, pp. 1107-1113

TI: Feeling unreal: Cognitive processes in depersonalization
AU: Guralnik, Orna; Schmeidler, James; Simeon, Daphne
SO: American Journal of Psychiatry. Vol 157(1), Jan 2000, pp. 103-109

TI: Feeling unreal: A PET study of depersonalization disorder
AU: Simeon, Daphne; Guralnik, Orna; Hazlett, Erin A; Spiegel-Cohen, Jacqueline; Hollander, Eric; Buchsbaum, Monte S
SO: American Journal of Psychiatry. Vol 157(11), Nov 2000, pp. 1782-1788

TI: Feeling Unreal: A Depersonalization Disorder Update of 117 Cases
AU: Simeon, Daphne; Knutelska, Margaret; Nelson, Dorothy; Guralnik, Orna
SO: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Vol 64(9), Sep 2003, pp. 990-997

Here is the abstract for one of them:

Feeling unreal: 30 cases of DSM-III-R depersonalization disorder
D Simeon, S Gross, O Guralnik, DJ Stein, J Schmeidler and E Hollander
Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 10029, USA.

OBJECTIVE: In contrast to the recent surge of interest in other dissociative disorders, DSM-III-R depersonalization disorder has not been thoroughly investigated and characterized. The authors systematically elucidated its phenomenology, comorbidity, traumatic antecedents, and treatment history. METHOD: Thirty adult subjects (19 women and 11 men) were consecutively recruited and administered various structured and semistructured interviews as well as the self-rated Dissociative Experiences Scale. An age- and sex-matched normal comparison group was also recruited. RESULTS: The mean age at onset of depersonalization disorder was 16.1 years (SD = 5.2). The illness had a chronic course that was usually continuous but sometimes episodic. Severe distress and high levels of interpersonal impairment were characteristic. Unipolar mood and anxiety disorders were common, but none emerged as specifically related to the depersonalization. A wide variety of personality disorders was manifested; avoidant, borderline, and obsessive-compulsive were most common. Although not highly traumatized, the subjects with depersonalization disorder reported significantly more childhood trauma than the normal comparison subjects. Depersonalization had been typically treatment refractory; only serotonin reuptake inhibitors and, to a lesser extent, benzodiazepines had been of any therapeutic benefit. CONCLUSIONS: This study supports the conceptualization of depersonalization disorder as a distinct disorder with a characteristic course that is independent of mood, anxiety, and personality symptoms. A subtle relationship may exist between childhood trauma and depersonalization disorder that merits further investigation. The disorder appears to be highly treatment refractory, and prospective treatment trials are warranted.

If you go to their website http://www.mssm.edu/psychiatry/ddrp.shtml
and contact one of the researchers and request information from them they will most likely mail some articles to you.
 

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yeah I've seen those but it was one in the NY Times. I'll get back to you on it.
 

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Hopefully Daphne Simeon's upcoming book "Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of Self" (ISBN: 0195170229) will feature these articles and many more.
 
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