Depersonalization

Paige Templeton

Depersonalization can consist of a detachment within the self, regarding one’s mind or body, or being a detached observer of oneself. Subjects feel they have changed and that the world has become vague, dreamlike, less real, lacking in significance or being outside reality while looking in. Some people feel like they are going crazy, or become depressed, anxious, or panicky. The causes of depersonalization are not completely known but a few factors that could be a possibility are biological and environments, intense stress or trauma, such as war, abuse, accidents, natural disaster, or violence. For some people, the symptoms are mild and it only lasts a short time, but for others, it could last for many years, leading to problems with daily functions. Transient depersonalization or derealization experiences are common, estimated to occur in about 50% of the population. However, depersonalization/derealization as a separate diagnosable disorder is quite rare, occurring in less than 2% of the population. Most people with depersonalization/derealization disorder develop the illness when they are quite young; the average age of onset is 16 years. Finally, depersonalization/derealization can be symptoms of other psychiatric disorders, such as dementia and schizophrenia. Mady Tate, a Dewey High School student has stated she has felt depersonalization a few times, it has not lasted all day, only a few hours. She does not like the feeling of a dream while she is awake. Cierra Kirby stated she has never experienced depersonalization. She did not even know what depersonalization was. Though it is not a big deal because it only lasts from a few hours to a day, it is still not an exciting feeling like your whole day is a dream.