Feeling completely detached ...

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Registered: 04-20-2011
Feeling completely detached ...
Sat, 06-11-2011 - 5:44pm

I started surfing around today and came up with the following on Wikipedia:

Depersonalization disorder (DPD) is a dissociative disorder in which the sufferer is affected by persistent or recurrent feelings of depersonalization and/or derealization. Diagnostic criteria include persistent or recurrent experiences of feeling detached from one's mental processes or body.[1] The symptoms include a sense of automation, going through the motions of life but not experiencing it, feeling as though one is in a movie, feeling as though one is in a dream, feeling a disconnection from one's body; out-of-body experience, a detachment from one's body, environment and difficulty relating oneself to reality.

Occasional moments of mild depersonalization are normal;[2] strong, severe, persistent, or recurrent feelings are not. A diagnosis of a disorder is made when the dissociation is persistent and interferes with the social and occupational functions necessary for everyday living. Depersonalization disorder is thought to be largely caused by severe traumatic lifetime events including childhood sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; accidents, war, and torture. Drug use may be an aggravating factor. It is unclear whether genetics play a role; however, there is evidence of physiological factors with respect to DPD.[citation needed]

As the core symptoms of the disorder are thought to protect the victim from negative stimuli, depersonalization disorder can be conceptualized as a defense mechanism. Depersonalization disorder is often comorbid with anxiety disorders, panic disorders, clinical depression and bipolar disorder.

Has anyone ever felt this way?

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Registered: 10-12-2006
Sat, 06-11-2011 - 6:56pm


I've never heard of it, but I understand what you mean about having your voice silenced.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-2010
Sun, 06-12-2011 - 1:26pm

wow, like reading my own story.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-20-2011
Sun, 06-12-2011 - 3:29pm
Isn't it though? The only difference with "like watching yourself in a movie" ... things in movie's always turn out okay. There is usually a happy ending. I feel so disengaged ... totally going through the motions. It scares me ... my life has completely passed me by ...
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Registered: 06-26-2006
Mon, 06-13-2011 - 9:21am
I feel like this sometimes. I used to feel like this more often but medication and counseling helped. Have you tried counseling? Just a thought as it has helped me. I have found that writing has also helped. I got so caught up in depression and anxiety that I kind of lost myself and when I write (in my journal, and I write poetry) it helps me. I don't know that I have helped as I can only speak from my experience but I hope that you feel better soon. hugs
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-06-2009
Mon, 06-13-2011 - 3:54pm

Yes, I have felt this way many times.......I think of it as being an alien amongst earth people.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-26-2009
Fri, 06-24-2011 - 11:07am
I second Deb's response. I also understand that mental detachment comes from severe stress, especially if you have that feeling like you're watching yourself like a movie. How long does it last for you?
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Registered: 10-10-2007
Fri, 06-24-2011 - 7:22pm

I have heard of it, but know very little about it.