Depression and Depersonalization Disorder

Depression and depersonalization disorder are particularly dangerous conditions that can lead to self-destructive behavior and require careful, professional treatment.

Symptoms of Depression

Although the word “depression” is often used to describe a down mood, the actual disease is much more than that. The chemical imbalance that leads to depression causes a wide range of possible symptoms. These may include the following:

  • Emotional numbness
  • Persistent extreme sadness
  • Lethargy
  • Eating disorders
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of interest in previously important people and activities
  • A pervasive feeling of hopelessness or futility
  • Engagement in risky behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

If left untreated these symptoms often lead patients to turn to alcohol or drugs as a means of self-medication.

Symptoms of Depersonalization Disorder

Depersonalization disorients people by making them feel as if they are outside of their own bodies. While it is normal for people to feel this sensation in a passing way, persistent or extreme experiences are not normal and can be dangerous. Some of the specific symptoms of depersonalization disorder include the following:

  • Feeling a sense of disattachment from one’s own body
  • Persistent dream-like state
  • The sensation that you are watching your own life as if in a movie

Classified as a type of dissociative disorder, depersonalization is often the result of traumatic events during which the brain tried to detach from reality as a sort of coping mechanism. Some of the experiences that may lead to depersonalization disorder include the following:

  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Auto accidents
  • Violent crime
  • Emotional abuse
  • Warfare (battles, explosions, exposure to death, etc)
  • Drug abuse

This disorder frequently occurs alongside other psychological disorders such as panic attacks, bipolar disorder, anxiety issues, behavioral addictions or depression.

Treatment for Depression and Depersonalization Disorder

Although much has been learned about these psychological conditions in recent years, and although there are many proven treatments for depression, depersonalization disorder remains somewhat controversial in terms of treatment. Cognitive behavior therapy – a form of counseling that endeavors to help patients process their thoughts and feelings more accurately – may be helpful. Ultimately, however, there is no single treatment for this baffling condition. It is crucial that individuals suffering from it receive careful observation and treatment from experienced professionals.

Help for Depression and Depersonalization Disorder

If you are concerned about depression or depersonalization disorder in yourself or a loved one, please call our 24 hour toll-free helpline any time. Our expert staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about these conditions. We can also connect you with the best treatment options for your personal needs. We understand how confusing and frightening these diseases are and we have helped many find lasting recovery. Don’t ignore the symptoms or attempt to endure the symptoms on your own. Depression and depersonalization are serious conditions. Call today.