Depersonalization disorder, all called depersonalization-derealization disorder, as well as DPD, is a complex disorder, characterized by a seeming detachment from the reality of oneself. Those who suffer from the disorder tend to feel as if their bodies, thoughts and feelings are not their own, as if they were merely dreaming of their actual lives or were watching a movie of themselves living. It is usually preceded by some great trauma in the life of the afflicted and while some researchers believe the disorder may have a genetic basis resulting in an in born predisposition towards the illness, by and large it is brought on by a significant suffering in the victim’s past.
Living with this disorder can of course be a difficult thing to handle when one has a hard time accepting that their lives are real. There are few psychiatric medications that do anything for the disorder; indeed, some anti-psychotics, theoretically a useful drug against delusions, is known to make DPD even worse. While tests into other psychiatric medications for use in treating DPD are on going, the fact is that the disorder by and large resists medication or even gets worse when medication is used. With this mind, other solutions to the problem of DPD must be considered.
Therapy is of course advisable, though given as DPD is at the moment a poorly understood disorder, its treatment is somewhat uncertain of success. Still, a few therapists and psychiatrists do have a few ways to treat the disorder. Perhaps the most surprising way to treat the disorder is to simply diagnosis it as such. Because the problem remains so ill understood, many patients find the problem unfathomably baffling and are concerned the problem may be unique to them, likely another distortion of reality the disorder creates. Many therapists believe that simply naming the problem can have be beneficial to those suffering from it as it demystifies what is an extremely confusing and incredibly unsettling problem.
Reinforcing the notion that the disorder is not an objective view of reality is a good idea. A depersonalization forum is among the options those afflicted wit the disorder have for finding emotional support and perhaps more important, support for the notion that what they are perceiving is in fact reality rather than a hazy half remembered dream. Others who suffer from the disorder can easily provide people with reassurance in the reality of ones perceptions, even if they can not give it to themselves. In this way, a depersonalization forum becomes an exchange of objective views of reality that individuals can not give themselves but can easily give to others.
As with any forum, a depersonalization forum can have its hazards. Online harassment and personality clashes can and often will occur, particularly with sufferers who have other problems (likely created in the same trauma as their DPD) and people who do not have the disorder but enjoy harassing people remotely. Thus, one should be careful with sharing all their personal information on these forums.