“I don’t feel real. All the time – literally all the time – I feel like I’m living life from behind a glass screen, or that I’m watching life as it’s happening on TV but it’s not real. I’m always ten yards removed from it. I don’t cry. I don’t feel things. I feel like I’m in a dream. I feel like I’m going mad. Even now, talking to you, I’m not sure if this is really happening or not or if I’m just imagining it. The GP says I’m just depressed, but I’m not.”
Depersonalisation/derealisation disorder (DPD) is a surprisingly common response to overwhelming stress or trauma. This short book explains what it is, what causes it, the treatment options, existing research, alongside case studies.