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I just want to mention that one of our great members who is currently fighting for DP awareness all over the medical field has had DP discussed in the houses of parliament in the UK...

We are finally being talked about in government circles...

The MP in question is Lyn Brown...

Maybe more of our UK members can get in contact with MP Brown to push the issue even further...

Thanks so much to the forum member in question for all their work so far in raisnig DP awareness...
 

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That's AMAZING news!!!!

Do you have a link to the discussion or a news article perhaps? Or is it too soon for that?:)

Also how do UK members contact with an MP, may I ask, just out of curiosity, is it easy to access to them for any questions/issues? I also got this when I was studying in the UK, it got me really excited to hear that it is being touched upon in the parliament!!!:)

Thank you very much for the information, bless you!!! A big thank you for the forum member in question for his/her efforts as well!!!
 

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Lyn Brown

I have had a nod.

My second issue concerns a mental health condition called depersonalisation disorder. At least one of my constituents is a sufferer, and she has asked me to share her story with the House. Since she was 18, my constituent has lived for years in a continuous state of detachment. The world and her own life do not feel real. She lives in a dream, performing actions on autopilot, and she sometimes does not even recognise herself in the mirror. It is terrifying.

The disorder is under-researched and very poorly understood, and it can take eight to 12 years to get the right diagnosis. The consequences of a misdiagnosis can be dreadful, because anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications do not help and can make the condition markedly worse. As one sufferer, Sarah, has explained:

"Relationships…lose their essential quality… You know you love your family, but you know it academically-rather than feeling it in the normal way."

I would genuinely find it very difficult hard to live if I had this disorder; I know I could not do so.
With swift diagnosis and specialist treatment, patients can have a real hope of remission, but existing NHS provision is woefully inadequate. There is only one specialist unit, based at the Maudsley Hospital, and many patients wait years for funding to attend it, while others are refused funding. The service is anyway only for adults, even though the condition typically begins in a person's early teens. May I ask the Minister for a meeting with the Department of Health to discuss this further? Again, I would be very grateful to him if he helped that request on its way.
 
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