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Stranger To My Self: Inside Depersonalization: The Hidden Epidemic Paperback – January 21, 2011
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- Publisher : Johns Road Publishing (January 21, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 292 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0615385230
- ISBN-13 : 978-0615385235
- Item Weight : 15.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.66 x 9 inches
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I appreciated the summary of the neurological research, it helped me as a mom be confident that this condition, while dimly understood, was a biological thing. And since bodies heal themselves, it helped me to be confident that whatever went out of whack for him might go back into whack if we were patient.
But the thing that helped the most was when I read to him the account of the young woman who went through ACT therapy. I think that when he heard the story of someone learning to accept it and live with it, and than in doing so, it the severity lessened, he began to be less panicked about what was happening to him.
He saw a therapist a couple of times, and took the whole acceptance thing to heart. After a short while, after enduring some real psychic pain, it occured less and less. A couple years later, every now and then, he'll say, "I'm feeling a little DP," but he goes on with his life, has friends, has fun.
The upside of this for me is, with him knowing his brain is rather precarious, he'll never do drugs.
This book really helped us at a time when we were terrified. I hope other people get the same kind of relief that we did from it.
Thank you, Mr Aubugel!
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I believe that only the people who have experienced this hell, can be in the best position to explain it to others. Or else it's like writing a diary about being on the front line of a war, but you were really in the comfort of an office, taking notes of others bad experiences.
Jeff is an excellent writer, he is clearly passionate about bringing more awareness to this disorder, and rightfully so.
It may not be the answer to cure ourselves, but it's a safe place to turn when nobody understands. Its a comforting warmth within this icy cold world of numbness. And its like a preview of this dream state life we live. No words can explain accurately enough, how depersonalization feels. But this book is the closest we will ever get.
I have been hosting depersonalisation since March the 20th of this year (the date of my birthday,too. Sucks!) , and how fortunate I was to stumble across this Bible in the early days of my war against this condition (Alas,I didn't discover it early enough). It's not just a book,it's an education,and it helps enormously if one is wielding that education throughout this thoroughly disturbing depersonalisation journey.
Stranger to Myself is a personal account. The author has imparted his 11 years of experience with depersonalisation to us through this book. His experiences are all too recognisable and familiar for one who is dancing with depersonalisation. The book reads like an autobiography in some chapters. Highly accessible.
How will this book help you? I stress the words *relief* and *education*. Reading this book will give you relief,and it will be an education.