Coping and support
While depersonalization can be frightening, it isn't necessarily harmful. Realizing that you don't have some major neurological problem or serious mental illness can be very reassuring, and may help you cope with depersonalization.
- Read about the condition. A number of books are available that discuss why depersonalization occurs and how to cope with it.
- Join a support group. Websites and local support groups can help you recognize you aren't alone and learn what helps others.
- Practice specific therapy techniques. Counseling for depersonalization may involve practicing certain techniques to help resolve feelings of depersonalization on a daily basis. Two such techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.
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