While anyone can develop depersonalization disorder, you're at increased risk if:
- You've been involved in or witnessed a traumatic or life-threatening experience, such as an automobile accident.
- You're in your mid- to late teens or early adulthood. Depersonalization disorder is rare in children and older adults.
- You have panic disorder, depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or multiple personality disorder.
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