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Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self

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Feeling Unreal is the first book to reveal what depersonalization disorder is all about. This important volume explores not only depersonalization, but the philosophical and literary implications of selflessness as well, while providing the latest research, possible treatments, and strategies for living and thriving when life seems 'unreal.' For those who still believe tha ...more
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Published October 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 1st 2006)
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Tom Bensley
For whatever reason, Depersonalization Disorder has remained largely unexplored and most people, including some mental health professionals, have never heard of it. Because of this, the disorder is often passed off as a symptom of anxiety, depression, trauma, etc. Daphne Simeon's book on the subject acknowledges this and delves deep into everything Depersonalization related, proving that DPD is very real and has been for a long time.

For me, the absolute best thing about this book was how it lift
Angela Wade
The medical terminology really knocked me sideways, but I learned so, so much!
This was very useful to me. It doesn't reveal you some magic trick that makes DPD go away, of course, but what it does offer you is a wide range of information about it- really interesting stuff, for me- and that can help you indentify what triggered the disorder, analyse yourself better and learn how to cope with it. It can also make you more optimistic about DPD, if you experience it, as you find out that people have been suffering from it and studying it for decades- so you're not alone. I on ...more
Julian Litke
It was a moderately helpful read. It doesn't offer much in the way of an answer, but it does help you feel less alone.
This book shows how little is known about depersonalization as the experience/disorder.

The author's cover everything from various theories and presentations, to examples in fiction, and treatment approaches. It's all a little thin, and ironically fragmented in it's delivery, imo. Not to say it's not well written. The author's accurately capture the potential impact such experiences can have on an individual through case examples.

I was wishing for some more in depth musings on it's development -
This book may not be an extremely lightweight and easy read but it was worth the time invested. The depersonalization/derealization disorder is described thoroughly and in great detail. The author discusses all kinds of issues: history, possible triggers, symptoms, medical and psychological help available, all kinds of other possible treatments and explanations. There are plenty of stories and examples. Even though the book doesn't give you THE answer or any kind of ready-made solution (which is ...more
Very informative and well organized book. Chapter 7, Depersonalization in Literature and Philosophy, chaught my attention and proved quite educational and eye-opening. Highly recommended.
Omar Rodriguez-Rodriguez
Delivers on its promise. This book covers the 101 of a disorder that's not that well known. I enjoyed the first and second part (clinical studies and philosophical implications) and skim over the last (medical/chemical treatments).

FU covered DPD in good depth and it's a great read for those curious with our without formal training on mental disorders.
I loved this book. Has the right amount of Information peppered with case studies and real- life experiences. A great intro into understanding the disorder. Simeon writes in such an easy to read way that anyone interested in disorder will eat this alive and devour it within days. She has listened to those who have been reporting these feelings of being unreal and dead and given them a voice.

For anyone who has ever had depersonalization, i highly recommend this as a starting point to realise you
Interesting book with hard-to-come-across information about the psychological state of depersonalization, which is usually just framed as a subset of depression, anxiety, or PTSD, if it is recognized at all. But it is its own "mental illness" that takes over many peoples' lives and minds in a pathological way. Though it has appeared/been described in memoir, literature, philosohpy, and psych theory for centuries, it's only very recently that psychologists have started really exploring the nature ...more
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
Helpful and informative, this book answered many of my questions in regards to Depersonalisation. Depersonalisation still remains a relatively vague area in mainstream psychological practises and help is hard to find. I'm very grateful that I was able to get my hands on this book when I needed it the most.
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Daphne Simeon M.D. is an American psychiatrist, best known for her research on depersonalization disorder. Simeon is a graduate of Columbia University's medical school, psychiatry residency and fellowship program, and psychoanalytic institute. Simeon now works at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, at the Family Center for Bipolar Disorder.

Simeon was until recently an associate professor of ps
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“Louise often feels like part of her is "acting." At the same time , "there is another part 'inside' that is not connecting with the me that is talking to you," she says. When the depersonalization is at its most intense, she feels like she just doesn't exist. These experiences leave her confused about who she really is, and quite often, she feels like an "actress" or simply, "a fake.” 6 likes
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