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Depersonalization / Derealization Disorder

Depersonalization / Derealization Disorder is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide.

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  • 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)[1].
  • To summarize, the DSM-5 criteria require persistent or recurrent experiences of depersonalization, derealization, or both in the setting of intact reality testing[1].

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Last updated: May 2, 2017


Huang, Cindy, and O. Joseph Bienvenu. "Depersonalization / Derealization Disorder." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2017. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787070/all/Depersonalization___Derealization_Disorder.
Huang C, Bienvenu O. Depersonalization / Derealization Disorder. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2017. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787070/all/Depersonalization___Derealization_Disorder. Accessed August 19, 2019.
Huang, C., & Bienvenu, O. (2017). Depersonalization / Derealization Disorder. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787070/all/Depersonalization___Derealization_Disorder
Huang C, Bienvenu O. Depersonalization / Derealization Disorder [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2017. [cited 2019 August 19]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787070/all/Depersonalization___Derealization_Disorder.
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