Depersonalization: Distanced from Reality


       Depersonalization disorder is when an individual feels “distanced” or “divorced” from themselves, feeling as if their actions and body do not belong to them. They feel distanced from their own personal physicality by sensing their body sensations, feelings, emotions and behaviors as not belonging to themselves. People can experience depersonalization occasionally, but it becomes a disorder when things around you persistently don’t feel real, or when you have the feeling that you’re observing yourself from outside your body. Feelings of depersonalization can be very disturbing and make those effected feel like they’re losing their grip on reality. It usually goes hand-in-hand with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. However, sleep deprivation and the use of some recreational drugs can make an individual experience symptoms similar to depersonalization. 

Personally I struggled with depersonalization throughout high school, and attempted to describe my experience with it through this project:

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  1. I see from the edits this was hard to write…maybe if you put in more clinical information…and then added the personal information, writing would be easier (and more informative?)
    deeply reflective;
    written in an interesting style and voice; words used are carefully chosen
    sentence fluency is expressive
    few grammar errors; formatting needs to makes the post more interesting and easier to read
    multimedia adds new information or perspective to post; post is not fully categorized and tagged


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