My honest guess, and I dont know if everyone will find this reassuring, is that when brain-imaging psychiatric patients becomes a basis for treatment, that there will not only be a DP specific protocol, but that they will probably be able to do it with drugs we have now. I dont think this will occur for about 20 years. In between now and then, there will be the same approach - take a wild guess, give pills to people with DP/DR, and have them fill out very subjective forms on how it affected their DP. This is how Daphne Simeon does it as well as Kings College DP Unit in London. Its unscientific, unfocused, and very, very
inefficient. Unfortunately, this is the way all
psychiatric meds and dxes are evaluated, except
for depression. They use PET studies alot for that, and the meds have gotten better because of it. For anyone who wants scanned now, really, please have a look at the Amen clinics. I'm not "plugging" them. This is the honest future of psychiatry, and this is the only way it is available now. This will be widely accepted by 2025, I think. Of course, we may stumble across something with our current methods, but really, we'll have to be mighty lucky.