By: Jessica Nutter
What is Depersonalization?
Some Causes of Depersonalization
Alcohol - which may induce the feelings of depersonalization.
Marijuana - when people are withdrawing from this substance it may cause the symptoms to occur.
Benzodiazepines (psychoactive drug) - people withdrawing from benzodiazepines have reported perceptual disturbances that come from depersonalization happening to them.
Symptoms for Depersonalization
Feeling out of control of your actions
Feeling as if you are watching yourself as an observer
Feeling disconnected from your body
Feels like you're having out-of-body experiences
Having difficulty distinguishing whether or not feelings are reality
Everything feels dream-like
Treatments for Depersonalization
People with this disorder that try and get help usually go see a cognitive specialist for therapy. This therapy can significantly help patients view their symptoms in a non-threatening way and hopefully allow them to stop thinking about them altogether. There are no medications made for depersonalization specifically, however, doctors will sometimes prescribe drugs used to treat anxiety or depression.