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Having depression can trigger feelings of depersonalization and derealization.
People commonly experience these feelings at different times during their life. They are only considered a problem when they persist and impair a person’s daily functioning.
Depersonalization and derealization, when they accompany symptoms of depression, can contribute to problems with focusing, motivation, and communication. The feelings typically fade when depressive symptoms are relieved.
People with depersonalization or derealization understand that their distortions of perception and feeling are not real; yet, the symptoms can make people feel as if they are “losing it.” Be assured that having these feelings does not indicate you are losing your grip on reality, no matter how peculiar the sensations.
Depersonalization is tough to describe, but involves a sense of detachment from the self.
Derealization, also difficult to put into words, is typically described as some type of perceptual distortion or detachment from the world.
If you are depressed and experience depersonalization or derealization, tell your mental health care professional about the symptoms. If not seeing a counselor, consider doing so. They can help you reduce the intensity of your depression and to manage the strange sensations of depersonalization and derealization.
Source: Mayo Clinic
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