Is There A Depersonalization Disorder Test?
Depersonalization disorder (or DPD) is an unusual mental disorder, also called depersonalization-derealization syndrome in some psychiatric literature, that is as of this writing somewhat poorly understood, yet growing in prevalence across the world. It consists of two symptoms that are often interconnected, though as many psychiatric experts will tell you, the symptoms are oftentimes found alone; depersonalization and derealization. Taking a depersonalization disorder test is often vital for discerning the presence of this disturbing disorder.
Depersonalization is considered feelings of being detached or disconnected from their own bodies, feel that their thoughts are not their own and that their feelings are not theirs. Victims of depersonalization oftentimes describe themselves as if they were simply dreaming or as if their own selves were characters in a movie as opposed to their own bodies and minds. Many sufferers of this order have a difficult time accepting that their reflections are actually their own, further increasing the sense of confusion and distance from one’s own life. Many individuals with this disorder also report eerie out of body experiences that can be harrowing experiences.
Derealization is a similar problem, yet also quite different. Where depersonalization is considered a person feeling distance from themselves, derealization is a human being feeling unsettling detachment from their surroundings. People with this problem report distorted perceptions of the world, describing reality as being like a bizarre dream or surreal show. Sometimes described as foggy and at other times as visually distorted, derealization can transform the every world into a strange, alien place, even as the victim is well aware that what they are seeing is the real world. The contradiction can easily frustrated and confuse the minds of even strong willed and highly intelligent people.
Oftentimes both these symptoms, as well as the disorder itself, are generally preceded by a great deal of personal trauma in the individual sufferer. Abuse in childhood, barely surviving accidents and natural disasters, surviving war experiences as either a soldier or civilian, being physically tortured for any reason and extremely by experiences with powerful drugs can all contribute to this disorder. There is some speculation that genetics may play a role in this disorder, yet there are also a number of hormonal and neurochemical alterations made in individuals suffering from depersonalization disorder. If left untreated, the disorder can spiral into a number of other mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, as well physical problems such as nausea and chest pain.
There is a depersonalization disorder test that is used by psychiatrists to test people for the disorder if a qualified professional suspects that an individual may be suffering from this disorder. While surviving severe trauma is often seen as a major precursor to DPD, not everyone who survives trauma develops it, requiring testing. This test is a questionnaire intended to be answered by the patient as honestly as possible about the symptoms they have experienced. All major psychiatric disorder manuals require a certain amount of symptoms before the patient is considered to have DPD.