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Depersonalization can give you many symptoms, and a lot of people mistake them for schizophrenia or other psychotic illnesses. Here's a little break-down of the symptom categories and list of symptoms for each that I have compiled through some research from psychiatric articles and personal experience, so if you experience any of these bizarre symptoms you know not to be alarmed, and that it is a part of DP/DR.

Depersonalization: feeling disconnected from the immaterial body
Some symptoms:
  • Losing the concept of "I"
  • Feeling a loss of identity
  • Ego-death
  • Your own voice becomes unrecognizable
  • Feeling like an automation, or a 'ghost in a machine', a stranger in your own body
  • Distressing existential thoughts
  • Feeling like your brain is about to tip off the edge of reality
  • Memories and the past are hard to recall; they don't seem like your memories
  • Feeling like a floating pair of eyes


Derealization: feeling disconnected from reality/surroundings
Some symptoms:
  • Being in a fog or dreamlike state, world seems 2-Dimensional/viewing life through a camera lens
  • Seeing other people as machines
  • Things happening around you don't feel like they are really happening to you
  • Visual disturbances
    • "Visual snow"
    • Objects can seem diminished or distorted (metamorphopsia).
    • Blurred vision, tunnel/corridor vision
    • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
    • Sensations that the light is fading
    • Seeing moving shadows in your peripheral vision
  • Minor audio/scent/visual hallucinations (seeing shadows/hearing words/smelling scents that aren't there)
  • Skewed perception of time; not realizing time has passed, can't grasp the concept of the future or the present, feeling frozen in time
  • Voices sound faint or distant, (as though 'filtered' through an auditory 'fog'), or loud and echoing


De-somatization: feeling disconnected from the material body
Some symptoms:
  • Limbs feel like they don't belong to you or seem unrecognizable
  • Limbs appearing to out of proportion (swelling or shrinking)
  • Not being able to feel temperature changes
  • Not being able to feel physical pain in limbs/having a higher pain threshold
  • Changes in the texture of the limbs, as though they are made of cotton wool, or as if your bones have become thinner or hollow.


De-affectualization: Void of emotion
Some symptoms:
  • Apathy
  • Feelings are dull and blunted
  • Unable to feel intense emotion or any emotions
  • Losing emotional connections to friends/family or humans in general


The following paragraphs are taken from http://www.benzosupp...onalisation.htm

Other physical sensations
Dizziness, faintness and unsteadiness on the feet are common and are often mistakenly diagnosed as ear infections or cardiac problems. Dry mouth, muscle pain and tension (particularly across neck and shoulders) stooping (difficulty in standing erect), headache, upset stomach and nausea, and loss of appetite are often seen, a result of stress and depression.

Other mental sensations
Jamais vu/deja vu, sleep paralysis, nightmares, metamorphopsia (distorted vision), dysmorphophobia (repulsed at ones own body), phobias especially agoraphobia, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and hypochondrial preoccupation.

Who experiences these feelings?
As a transient phenomena, to different extents, just about everybody, including healthy adults and children, will encounter these odd feelings. Anyone who is emotionally disturbed, fatigued, frightened or stressed is also prone to derealisation in particular.
Others who often experience derealisation and depersonalisation include:
  • Sufferers of neurotic mental illnesses, such as anxiety, panic-attacks, agoraphobia, phobias, depression, obsessional thinking, compulsive behaviour (OCD).
  • Sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, often survivors of major accidents or other trauma, i.e. prisoners of war, test pilots and astronauts, war veterans, people recently bereaved.
  • Sufferers of psychotic mental illnesses, such as Schizophrenia and Manic-Depression.
  • People who experience an 'aura' before an epileptic fit, reportedly common in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE).
  • Users of LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), alcohol, cannabis and other hallucinogenic or psycho-active drugs. Abuse of these drugs may lead to Hallucination Persisting Perceptual Disorder, of which derealisation and its co-morbid symptoms can be a component.
  • Consumers of many prescription drugs, but mainly antidepressants and painkillers can also experience these sensations.
  • Repetition can elicit depersonalisation, for instance; meditation involving repeating a mantra or concentrating on an object, certain kinds of dancing, and even Yoga. Some research conducted into depersonalisation has apparently used these activities to cue episodes of derealisation. Consequently, people who practice repetitive rituals and meditation in order to achieve 'enlightenment' or 'cosmic ecstasy', may actually be triggering depersonalisation as opposed to transcending an Earthly paradise. If the person has induced derealisation deliberately and in a controlled way, (I.e. through meditation or drug usage), then the experience can be one of detached calmness and enlightenment.
  • Similarly, sleep or sensory deprivation can lead to depersonalisation, and is it also a common component of near death and out-of-body experiences

Forehead Cheek Ear Jaw Gesture

May 28 2014 08:51 PM

Insomnia or Sleeping too much....


Low self esteem...

Sleeve Font Sky Tree Darkness

May 28 2014 09:50 PM

Hey good day. Good in depth symptoms to dp/dr. Interesting to say the least.It sounds like the body's natural way of protecting itself. Lets say you have plenty pain, the body can go into a numb state. An auto pilot. Its not bad thing. Just let it happen til it balances itself .

Hair Arm Eye Jaw Gesture

Aug 26 2014 11:04 AM

This list is right on. I can relate to the symptoms.
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