Understanding depersonalization disorder
Management and treatment
In recent years a range of cognitive behavior therapies, or CBT, has been developed for treating psychological problems. These work by addressing the patterns of thinking that are associated with a person's problematic behaviour and symptoms, and offering strategies and techniques for breaking these negative thought processes.
A tendency towards thinking begatively is common amongst DPAFU sufferers; these can include all-or-nothing thinking - 'if my DPAFU is present, I won't enjoy the day'; overgeneralization - you blame all negative sensations on DPAFU; and catastrophizing - 'My DPAFU will get worse, I'll lose my job, I'll be alone' etc.
Working with your thoughts and behaviour using CBT exercises is likely to have a positive impact on the symptoms of DPAFU; indeed, CBT is the main psychological approach that has been found to benefit people with DPAFU.
Treatment is usually carried out with a therapist, but CBT has now been adapted into book form. These self-help books help the sufferer to recognise and address the range of reactions, thoughts and feelings that they may be experiencing, and offer a systematic programme of treatment which the sufferer is advised to work through to overcome their difficulties. For a great many people, cognitive behavioural self-help books provide a lifeline to recovery and a better future.
Overcoming Depersonalization & Feelings of Unreality is the UK's first self-help guide based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
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The first of its kind, this self-help book will offer guidance, help and solace to the many sufferers of depersonalization disorder who do not have access to informed clinicians ... an important contribution to self-help.'
Daphne Simeon MD, Director, Depersonalization and Dissociation Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York