Depersonalization / Derealization Disorder
- A type of dissociative disorder in which one has a persistent or frequent altered sense of self or one’s surroundings, often feeling detached like an outsider watching oneself or the immediate environment
- It is important to note that these are common symptoms of other psychiatric disorders, but depersonalization/derealization disorder differs in that no other psychiatric condition exists.
- Depersonalization/derealization disorder is classified under the Dissociative Disorders section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5).
- To summarize, the DSM-5 criteria require persistent or recurrent experiences of depersonalization, derealization, or both in the setting of intact reality testing.
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