Module Two - Depersonalization and Derealization
2 - Depersonalization and Derealization
Content Level: Advanced
Su Baker, MEd and Joan Turkus, MD
Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder, one of the DSM-5 Dissociative Disorders, is a generally underdiagnosed and misunderstood disorder, whose lifetime prevalence is about 2% of the population. While depersonalization and derealization symptoms are found in a variety of other psychiatric diagnoses, depersonalization (the sense of detachment from one’s own self) and derealization (the sense of detachment from the world around, making it seem unreal) as diagnoses attest to the persistence and distressing symptoms, which color the experiences of the sufferer. Generally starting in the teens and often persisting over the lifespan, this disorder is difficult to treat. This module with explore the diagnosis, etiology, symptoms, affects and treatment of Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder
- Define Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder
- Describe and discuss the etiology of Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder, it prevalence, and differential diagnosis
- Discuss the research findings on depersonalization and affect
- Discuss various treatment paradigms, including psychotherapeutic interventions and psychopharmacology, and their limitations
- Michal, M. et al. (2016). A case series of 223 patients with depersonalization-derealization syndrome. BMC psychiatry, 16, 203.
- Simeon, D. (2014). Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder. Chapter 5 in Gabbard, G., Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Fifth Edition, pp. 459-469. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.
- Simeon, D. , Riggio-Rosen, A., Guralnik, O., Knutelska, M. & Nelson, D. (2003) Depersonalization Disorder: Dissociation and Affect, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 4:4, 63-76.
30 minutes: Discussion of Reading 1 and 2– defining depersonalization and derealization
30 minutes: Discussion of Readings 1 and 2– etiology, prevalence and differential diagnoses in Depersonalization/derealization disorder
30 minutes: Discussion of Reading 3 – research on depersonalization and affect
30 minutes: Discussion of Reading 2 – some treatment paradigms, including pharmacological, for working with Depersonalization/derealization disorder
30 minutes: Discussion of student’s disguised cases, or further discussion of readings 1, 2, and 3 if no case material available.
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