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Depersonalization Disorder - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

 

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Chronically depersonalized persons are usually highly intelligent, and prone to intellectual ruminating. Depersonalization disorder often begins in the late teens or age 20 and usually resolves itself by age 30. People with depersonalization disorder have a distorted perception of their identity, body, and life that makes them uncomfortable. Depersonalization is the third most common psychiatric symptom and frequently occurs in life-threatening danger. The symptoms of depersonalization disorder have been described earlier. It can occur as a symptom in many other psychiatric disorders and in seizure disorders. Psychotherapeutic techniques has been used to treat depersonalization disorder ( trauma-focused therapy and cognitive-behavioural techniques ). Sedatives and antidepressants help some people with the disorder. Medications that have been helpful to patients with depersonalization disorder such as lorazepam (Ativan), clorazepate, and alprazolam (Xanax).

Causes of Depersonalization Disorder

Common Causes and Risk factors of Depersonalization Disorder

  • Stress.
  • Depression.
  • Panic.
  • Marijuana.
  • Hallucinogen ingestion.
  • Childhood interpersonal trauma.

Signs and Symptoms of Depersonalization Disorder

Common Sign and Symptoms of Depersonalization Disorder

  • Feelings of unreality.
  • Invisibility.
  • Distorted perception of body image.
  • Distorted image of life.
  • Altered sense of self perception.
  • Detachment from self reality.

Treatment for Depersonalization Disorder

Common Treatment for Depersonalization Disorder

  • Psychotherapeutic techniques has been used to treat depersonalization disorder ( trauma-focused therapy and cognitive-behavioural techniques ).
  • Sedatives and antidepressants help some people with the disorder.
  • Medications that have been helpful to patients with depersonalization disorder such as lorazepam (Ativan), clorazepate, and alprazolam (Xanax).
  • Others tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline (Elavil), doxepin (Sinequan), and desipramine (Norpramin) helpful for Depersonalization Disorder.
  • Family therapy s helps to teach the family about the disorder and its causes, as well as to help family members recognize symptoms of a recurrence.
  • Creative therapies (art therapy, music therapy) allow the patient to explore and express his or her thoughts and feelings in a safe and creative way.