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Re: Re: Re: Re: Depersonalization - Do I have it, and is there hope?
While Depersonalization Disorder does fall under Dissociative Disorders in the American diagnostic manuals, it seems to have little in common with those other Disorders. This is why the European manuals list it under Anxiety or other Disorders. Dissociation such as out of body experiences or multiple personality disorders are hard core dissociation and often arise from childhood abuse of some time. Depersonalization Disorder is marked by an internal "separation" from your old sense of self. You don't feel like yourself, and you can't stop to figure out why. Life, and your own identity seem strange, or foreign, and you no longer seem to fit into the world you once knew. Sometimes, anxiety and panic attacks enter the picture as well. Sometimes, a separate voice, or voices, can be heard in your own head, as if there is a split inside. It's all a real pain in the butt.