Understanding depersonalization disorder
What is depersonalization disorder?
Depersonalization disorder and feelings of unreality, or 'DPAFU', is an often little- understood and misdiagnosed condition. Depersonalization disorder results in a feeling of being detached from life and those suffering from it may report that they seem to have become 'emotionally numb'. It can be a symptom of another disorder, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and, particularly, of panic disorder, or of an illness like epilepsy or migraine. It also occurs in its own right and/or as a side-effect of certain drugs.
Temporary sensations of DPAFU are widespread; more severe DPAFU is much less common but still as common as some other well-known conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Bipolar Disorder.
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