Depersonalisation Disorder | What is it?

What is Depersonalisation Disorder?

Depersonalisation disorder can be described as the suffering of various uncontrollable forms of anxiety, such as experiencing feelings of detachment or disconnection from the world around you as if you’re an outsider looking in. People can often experience short periods of depersonalisation, especially after any kind of trauma or loss and these symptoms will usually pass after a short period of time, however, when these symptoms persist for a continuous period, it is important to seek help in order to get to the root cause.
If you ever get the feeling that you’re not quite connected to your body or detached in some way, feel that you are constantly living on autopilot, feel detached from your own thoughts and feelings as if you’re going through the motions and these sensations persist over a period of time, you could be suffering from the disorder.

Other symptoms you may experience:
• Overeating
• Have difficulty in concentrating on the simplest of tasks
• Loss of emotional reactivity
• Palpitations
• The sense you have a lack of control over your speech or physical movements
• feelings of anxiety in social and work situations
• Loss of libido
• Memory loss

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and you suspect that you could be suffering from depersonalisation disorder, then in the first instance, a visit to your GP is important prior to seeking any other treatment.


Medication is not usually prescribed unless there are other underlying issues such as depression or anxiety and anti-depressants may be prescribed in those cases. Otherwise, you may be referred for counselling and or psychotherapy.
Hypnotherapy and other complementary, non-invasive treatments can also be used to treat the condition. Sessions can reinforce the link between the inner and outer self, and rebuild the connection that has been lost in cases of depersonalisation disorder. It can also help to restore your sense of control and re-engage you in your own life.

If you would like to try a hypnotherapy session with me after seeking a diagnosis from your GP, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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