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Tomorrow I will post an article about CBT for dp. (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). I found it on an online medical journal. Here is the abstract:

Depersonalisation (DP) and derealisation (DR) are subjective experiences of unreality in, respectively, one?s sense of self and the outside world. These experiences occur on a continuum from transient episodes that are frequently reported in healthy individuals under certain situational conditions to a chronic psychiatric disorder that causes considerable distress (depersonalisation disorder, DPD). Despite the relatively high rates of reporting these symptoms, little research has been conducted into psychological treatments for this disorder. We suggest that there is compelling evidence to link DPD with the anxiety disorders, particularly panic. This paper proposes that it is the catastrophic appraisal of the normally transient symptoms of DP/DR that results in the development of a chronic disorder. We suggest that if DP/DR symptoms are misinterpreted as indicative of severe mental illness or brain dysfunction, a vicious cycle of increasing anxiety and consequently increased DP/DR symptoms will result. Moreover, cognitive and behavioural responses to symptoms such as specific avoidances, ?safety behaviours? and cognitive biases serve to maintain the disorder by increasing awareness of the symptoms, heightening the perceived threat and preventing disconfirmation of the catastrophic misinterpretations. A coherent model facilitates the development of potentially effective cognitive and behavioural interventions
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You can post the title, author, etc. What journal.

You know, I buy this 100%. I have noticed that over time, and with my intense behavioral therapy these past four months, more "control" of chronic DP/DR. I wonder if I'll ever be able to be free of it.

Amazing, but this makes perfect sense.

You can post the basic info re: the article. It should be on PubMed. Yes, what's the date?
I believe if I'd had a supportive enviornment, vs. chaos and verbal abuse, and behavioral therapy early on, I would have had a far better outcome, and wouldn't be just getting better at age 46. :evil:
It says it was done in 2003, and Mauricio Sierra is one of the contributers -- from the IoP. I'll see what PubMed has to say.
Thank you muchly!
D 8)
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