• George Whitaker

Hypnotherapy for Depersonalisation-derealisation disorder

(Also spelt depersonalization-derealization)



What is a dissociative disorder?


Depersonalisation-derealisation disorder is a type of dissociative disorder – this bracket includes a range of conditions which can cause mental and physical problems. Some dissociative disorders are brought on following a traumatic life event.


Some last for a very short period of time and seem to go away on their own.

Others can remain for much longer (weeks, months or even years).



What are the symptoms of a dissociative disorder?


Symptoms can vary for each person but may include:


  • A feeling of being disconnected from reality (including yourself and those around you)

  • A feeling of being uncertain about who you are

  • Regularly forgetting events and personal information

  • Feeling little or no joy or physical pain

  • Feeling like you are behind glass or in a story/ film



What causes dissociation?


Dissociation is one way the mind copes with too much stress. It is a protective measure to prevent us from being overwhelmed by the emotional (and stressful) events of our lives.


It can last for days, weeks, months or even years.



Man looking at reflection in mirror
Dissociation may make it hard to recognise yourself as you


What is depersonalisation-derealisation disorder?


Depersonalisation-derealisation disorder is a type of dissociative disorder.


According to the NHS website …


Depersonalisation is where you have the feeling of being outside yourself and observing your actions, feelings or thoughts from a distance.


Derealisation is where you feel the world around is unreal. People and things around you may seem "lifeless" or "foggy".


You can have depersonalisation or derealisation, or both together. It may last only a few moments or come and go over many years.”



Can hypnotherapy help with depersonalisation-derealisation disorder?


Hypnotherapy is very effective at dealing with underlying stress and anxiety.


Depersonalisation-derealisation disorder feeds off these things – by reducing them, it has a similar effect to reducing the oxygen that a fire has to burn. Without the required ‘food’ the fire will diminish.


For many people, the same could be said about hypnotherapy – by decreasing the food (stress and anxiety), depersonalisation-derealisation disorder has also been seen to reduce.



I’m interested, how can I book or find out more?


Sessions are held online via zoom or in-person in Swansea.


To book a free initial consultation, please go to https://www.whitakerhypnotherapy.co.uk/free-initial-consultation

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