Depersonalization Disorder Treatments

(Also Known As: Dissociative Disorder Treatments, Dissociative Treatments, Chronic Depersonalization Disorder Treatments)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Depersonalization Disorder Treatments are Available?

In general, depersonalization disorder disappears by itself without the need for treatment. However, in cases of persistent, recurrent, or upsetting symptoms, specialized treatment is needed.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and hypnosis have proven to be effective in treating depersonalized patients. However, there is no single psychotherapy method that would work in treating patients suffering from depersonalization disorder. 6

In addition, treatment is likewise required because depersonalization disorder is often linked with other mental health illnesses. Likewise, any stress that can trigger the condition must be addressed as well.

The following are some of the most common treatment methods used in treating depersonalization disorder:

  • Cognitive therapy which aims to thwart obsessive feelings about the unreal state of being.
  • Behavioral therapy which immerses the patient in tasks that will keep their mind away from the depersonalization
  • Grounding technique involves the use of the patient’s senses in establishing connection between them and the environment. The ultimate objective of this method is to make the patient aware of their present condition.
  • Psychodynamic therapy aims to help the patient work their way through the intolerable conflicts and the feelings related to them.

Aside from therapeutic techniques, over the counter medicines have also been used in providing relief to patients of depersonalization disorder. The most popular medicines used in treating the condition include benzodiazepine tranquilizers, like lorazepam and alprazolam, and anti-depressants which include Elavil, Sinequan, and Norpramin. In 1999, the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) was introduced and became widely used for treating the disorder. Some of the most popular SSRIs include Prozac and Zoloft.

For people who delve on the belief that they are crazy, relaxation techniques have been used in relieving the disorder.

After the treatment method has been administered, the patient usually achieves some degree of relief. For many patients complete recovery is likely, particularly for symptoms connected with stress that can be addressed during treatment. Some treatment methods are not effective for other patients but they may slowly recover by themselves. For people suffering from anxiety or depression, taking anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medicines can do the trick.

As far as depersonalization disorder is concerned, the prognosis is good. Majority of the patients attain full recovery, especially those who was inflicted by the disorder due to traumatic experiences, which can easily be unearthed and cured using various techniques.

However, there are instances when few patients suffer from chronic depersonalization disorder which involves periodic attacks in relation with stressful experiences that takes place in their lives.

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