Depersonalization disorder

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What is depersonalization disorder?

Depersonalization disorder is marked by periods of feeling disconnected or detached from one’s body and thoughts. It is sometimes described as feeling like being in a dream or observing one's body from the outside. People with this disorder realize that things are not as they appear.

Common symptoms reported by people with depersonalization disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with depersonalization disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibu)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(5 HTP TR)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)

Data from patients with depersonalization disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with depersonalization disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Dizziness with disorientation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibu)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(5 HTP TR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Vivid dreams
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Decreased alcohol tolerance Drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Shakiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with depersonalization disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has depersonalization disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 8
20s 36
30s 19
40s 17
50s 8
60s 4
70+ 1
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 41
20-29 years 9
30-39 years 8
40-49 years 1
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

60% Female
40% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 32
Not Diagnosed 38

These charts show data from depersonalization disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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