help what is depersonalition

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by vnr27, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. vnr27

    vnr27 New Member

    hi i know im spelling it wrong its when u feel fake not fibro fog i get this a lot lately ,can anyone explain,thanx also ibs feels like u want to throw up but not really? im starting to get freaked out by all these dumb pains hope everyone is well blessu valerie
  2. tansy

    tansy New Member

    for you. I found quite a few on the www but this was the most informative without being too complicated that I read.

    About Depersonalisation
    What is depersonalisation?
    Depersonalisation is both a symptom and an illness. It was first described by Ludovic Dugas, a French Psychiatrist writing at the turn of the century. It occurs in almost all the major psychiatric disorders including severe anxiety, panic disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, as well as neurological conditions such as migraine and epilepsy. Normal people can experience it during states of fatigue, fear or meditation, or after ingestion of drugs such as cannabis and 'Ecstasy'. It can also exist, more rarely, in a pure form: 'Primary Depersonalisation'.

    According to the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic criteria, 'Depersonalisation Disorder' is characterised by persistent or recurrent episodes of: "... detachment or estrangement from one's self. The individual may feel like an automaton... There may be the sensation of being an outside observer on one's own mental processes... Various types of sensory anaesthesia, lack of affective response... are often present". Derealisation (the sense that the external world is strange or unreal) may also be present.

    What is it like?
    Many sufferers describe it as 'terrifying', 'like losing your sense of being alive', 'a living death', 'like being detached from your own body, your loved ones, your feelings...' People say that it is as if their mind is full of cotton wool; they pray that they will wake up and it will all be clear once more. Many describe de-realisation: as if the world around them is like a movie or that they are separated from other people by an invisible pane of glass. When such unpleasant feelings persist without explanation, the person may be judged to be suffering from depersonalisation disorder. It can be brought on by severe stress or emotional turmoil but may also appear out of the blue, and apparently suddenly.

    How common is it?
    A third of undergraduates said they had experienced some of the symptoms at some time in a response to a questionnaire. One hospital survey found 12% of psychiatric patients suffered severe and persistent depersonalisation.

    What is the cause?
    There are many theories: depersonalisation might be induced by overwhelming anxiety or an early traumatic event. In these circumstances, becoming detached from one's body may seem a useful means of distancing oneself from the trauma, but in some people, the depersonalisation then becomes autonomous and a problem in it's own right. Neurological theories include a disruption or neurotransmitter imbalance in the parts of the brain which integrate oncoming sensory information with our internal representation of the Self (the temporal lobes). A specific part of the temporal lobe, the amygdala, responsible for processing emotion, may be crucial.

    There is no clearly identified treatment for depersonalisation; almost everything has been tried from in-depth psychotherapy, through electroconvulsive therapy, to antipsychotic and antidepressant medication. Sometimes, treatment of the underlying condition abolishes the symptom. Encouraging results have been achieved with the antidepressant drugs known as the selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, including fluoxetine (Prozac). Newer drugs which act on specific serotonin and noradrenaline receptors may prove to be helpful.
  3. Annette2

    Annette2 New Member

    I had my first "attack" at age 12 and it took me over 20 years to find out what they were. Depersonalization or dissociation occurs in response to an acute state of anxiety or severe trauma. Mine occured due to acute anxiety. The first attack was horrible - I was paralyzed and couldn't speak, hear or see. It lasted about 5 minutes but seemed like an hour! My doctor didn't know what it was and I was very embarrassed about it - this was in the early 60's and there wasn't as much insight about such things as there is now. Mainly I had to learn how to control my anxiety levels and not let it overcome me. I hope that if you are experiencing this you get help and not let it overwhelm you.

  4. GooGooGirl

    GooGooGirl New Member

    The first time it happened to me I was about 12 years old and had a feeling of "not really being where I was". Very very strange. In fact I said to my Mother, "I feel like I'm not really here". I had terrible anxietly as a child.
    I still have anxiety and it still happens to me. I sometimes have to "jolt" myself back to reality. It still scares me to this day when it happens.
  5. Annette2

    Annette2 New Member

    Wow! I wonder if it has something to do with "raging" hormones and puberty. The day I had that first attack was one of the worst in my life and sort of ruined my life forever. I've overcome it, but there are many things I didn't do because of fear of getting more attacks. I wish I knew then what I know now. I hope you've overcome them.

  6. Sunshyne1027

    Sunshyne1027 New Member

    I've experienced it in states of trauma. Several times. After a car accident once. Several times when one of my sons was severly injured also. Another time when our home caught fire, watching it burn down, I felt detached, and like I was watching from outside my body. Its a weird feeling. Can't imagine it happening alot of times over and over though. The times I remember, it was scary. It always happened in traumatic situations.