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Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0195385212 ISBN-10: 0195385217 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (November 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195385217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195385212
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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"...Poignant accounts of depersonalization disorder can be found in Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self. The comprehensive work by Simeon and Abugel consolidates over a century of research and philosophy on the enigmatic disorder. The result is a compelling and informative resource, equally relevant for mental health professionals and laypeople interested in the mysteries of the human psyche."--Journal of the Neurological Sciences


About the Author

Daphne Simeon, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. For over 10 years she has been conducting clinical research in the field of dissociation, has received several grant awards, and has numerous peer-reviewed publications. She currently co-chairs an international task force that will generate new recommendations for the DSM-V classification of dissociative disorders. Jeffrey Abugel has worked as an editor and writer for more than 25 years. He has researched depersonalization and its relationship to philosophy and literature sincethe 1980s. He is a graduate of New York University's Washington Square College, and founder of the depersonalization-themed website, www.depersonalization.info. He is also a member of the American Medical Writers Association.

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This book is for laypersons and mental health workers alike.
Dreamer
Following is a list I have put together from my reading so far, and these are books that I would HIGHLY recommend.
Bret Aulgur
As a sufferer of DPD, the information is very accurate to what I have described as depersonalization.
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Dreamer on June 2, 2006
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I first experienced depersonalization and derealization around age 4 or 5. It wasn't frightening then; it was simply a "game of existential thinking" I had control of. But as the years progressed it became a debilitating altered state of consciousness that took over my life. I have had both symptoms "DP" and "DR" -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even in my dreams -- for over thirty years. This altered state has stolen my goals and dreams; it has severely affected my social and occupational pursuits.

I was certain I was in a tiny minority with this until I found a support forum on the internet in 1999. No doctor bothered to mention this is a common symptom or disorder. There are untold numbers like me who have done their own research, and many more who know nothing of what's happening to them -- and they cannot get help or even understanding from the medical community.

I have been infuriated by the lack of knowledge in the mental health profession about the disabling severity of these symptoms be they primary or co morbid with other mental and neurological illnesses. I have likewise been astounded by the number of mental health professionals (even M.D. psychiatrists) who aren't even aware of these symptoms or dismiss them as "not of much concern" even when they are the reason an individual seeks help -- specifically for these odd feelings; I am not alone in battling with doctors and therapists with no clue about Depersonalization Disorder.

Thank you Dr. Simeon for your efforts to understand "DP" and for getting the word out in this first English language book devoted exclusively to Depersonalization Disorder (and none of the other dissociative disorders.)

This book is for laypersons and mental health workers alike.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Pettit VINE VOICE on May 2, 2006
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Depersonalization is the condition that seems very rarely to be talked about (esp. in comparison to depression and anxiety). Finally a book about depersonalization -- I am so glad. This book is concise, clear, and offers a spectrum of interpretations of depersonalization -- from the clinical, medical, physical -- to the spiritual. Probably most importantly of all there are 1st-person accounts from people who experienced or are experiencing long-term depersonalization in their lives. And this is the greatest gift, because now others can read that someone else somewhere has felt as they have -- that they are unreal, that they don't really exist, that everything looks strange/foreign to them, that they don't recognize their own lives and feel like they live in a dream. It is hard to explain to someone who doesn't know what this is like -- that it can be terrifying or enlightening. How can you share this perspective with others who can't perceive of what you mean when you say this? For whatever reason people experience depersonalization -- I am glad this book finally shares information. Is it a curse or a blessing, an insight or a disorder -- to see the world this way? I am glad the discussion is open now. when i first experienced depersonalization I only found small bits of information to understand what I was experiencing. I still feel I live in a dream, but now the terror of it has changed to a different way of being. Thank you for publishing this book -- there are people who have waited a long time to know they are not alone in how they experience the world. This seems to just be the beginning of a new understanding of depersonalization...and of life itself.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dominik D. Larsen on May 13, 2006
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Feeling Unreal is the first definitive book that covers the disorder we know very little about. The information contained within is presented in close scrutiny that does not lack detail on any point. The myriad of questions people with depersonalization disorder ask can be found here. Questions of all nature about DPD is answered with accurate, comprehensive information. This book is a godsend to sufferers of DPD. As a sufferer of DPD, the information is very accurate to what I have described as depersonalization. This is an eye opener to the medical field that may incite pharmaceutical research to produce effective medication.

Not only does Feeling Unreal explain the disorder itself, it also mentions in which DPD may have been present in early literature or history, such as the great Shakespeare.

Take it from someone that suffers from this enigmatic disorder. This book has answered all of my questions on the disorder and goes beyond. I give it a 5 out of 5.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J.P. on August 14, 2006
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I thought I was the only one. I was amazed at how informative this book is. One of the personal accounts is almost identical to my own. I never knew it had a name until I discovered this book. It has given me renewed hope. I hope this book inspires more research in the field of depersonalization. If you even suspect you may suffer from this, read it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Maryann R. Manchester LMFT on June 9, 2006
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An enlightening book on a subject that has needed Illumination. This book covers the many forms and facets of DPD as well as the many ways it has been described, defined and managed. It covers therapies and medicines that have helped and those that have not. The case studies are fascinating and show just how varied this disorder manifests itself. It is so well written that it seemed every question and skeptic querie that came to mind regarding the cases were anticipated by the authors and answered by the end of the chapers. An easy read on a tough subject!
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