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I'm struggling to find a therapist in my area who specializes in DP. Does anyone have recommendations for how I might find such a person? I've exhausted google, I've gone through the ISSTD website and wasn't able to find anyone quality there, I don't really know where else to look. I'd really like to see someone in person, but I'm struggling even to find someone outside of my area who really knows this stuff. Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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Hi there,

Many therapists just peg it as disassociate symptoms from anxiety: they couldn't be more shallow.

They don't understand thoroughly what we go through: no emotions, cloudy minded, and just an overall feeling of down and out.

Like you, I've exhausted Google and this forum with my many questions. I know it's derealization and depersonalization and they're harmless, but come with a great deal of mental exhaustion and just desiring to feel better.

I'm also going to look for a therapist or someone to vent to, if I can start feeling some better.
And like you, Idk or have had much luck finding one that knows derealization and depersonalization in extention of study. And I don't need any more medicine....just talk and therapy.

I'm sorry I don't have the answer to your question: where's a good therapist that knows about derealization and depersonalization in depth of....

But definitely can relate within your quest to find one.
 

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I have seen about 25 therapists in the last 10 years and none of them really knew about DPDR. Some knew about it but only associated it with anxiety and wanted to treat that supposed anxiety. I did have a lot of anxiety 10 years ago, it reduced really a lot but my DR stayed exactly the same, but treating the anxiety still does seem to help a lot of people.
Some therapists did help me though, but not directly about DR, but other surrounding problems, that I hope are related to my DR.
About dealing with the fear of DPDR and the false beliefs around it that could cause a vicious cycle, I guess cognitive behavioral therapy might help, and maybe they wouldn't need to be very familiar with DPDR itself because CBT is kind of the same technique applied to a lot of problems.
 

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You would think therapists would be educated more in derealization and depersonalization. I don't really understand why they aren't these days...or even early last century when it was more so talked about.

None of my therapists of the past really knew anything about it either: they would just call it disassociation, and brush it aside.

Maybe in the future, it will become more recognized.

Only thing that worked for mine was Klonopin, but it burned out on me. I had to get off the stuff...

That tells me, mine is because of anxiety since a tranquilizer reduced it to level 1.
 

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There is no treatment solidly proven to alleviate depersonalization. Depersonalization does however alleviate on its own in most cases, either a partial or total remission. For some people it takes a few days or weeks, others years. Another thing to note is that people with depersonalization often have cooccurring problems. At the very least, we suffer from fear and sadness that is the result of having depersonalization. My advice to you is find a therapist who is a kind professional and knows what depersonalization is. It can be hard enough to find even that! Sometimes these depersonalization specialists, like many private practitioners, will gladly take your money. Make sure they take insurance. If you happen to live near a legitimate clinic in UK, Germany, New York, Cleveland which specializes in depersonalization then you may be in luck, but don't necessarily need such such specialization to get better.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. I agree, it's tough to find someone who really specializes in DPDR, but I think I can benefit from someone who is at least familiar with it and can help me, like Trith mentioned, with all the cooccurring problems and thought patterns that have arisen from it. I know there's work to be done there. So I'm going to keep looking, and try to find someone who is familiar with dissociation at least and perhaps practices CBT, and see if I can find some help there.
 

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Finding the right therapist can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to something as complex as dissociative disorder (DD). There are many ways to approach this challenge head-on, including learning more about DD itself. Once you have identified some potential treatments like cognitive behaviour therapy or something, you should start researching therapists who specialise in those areas.
 
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