Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self

December 8, 2008

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Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self, is available to buy at Mental Health Books.

The experience of depersonalization disorder has been described by many sufferers and clinicians as almost akin to “living in a dream”. Symptoms include a sense of going through life without actually experiencing it, and a sense of detachment from body, life and reality. Often this is onset by long-term emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse.

This book offers a comprehensive resource for the disorder, for patients, loved ones and mental health professionals alike. It presents an overview of the latest research, as well as retrospective perspectives on how “depersonalization” has been represented in a historical context. It does not offer a cure, but it does cover possible treatment solutions, and practical tips on how to maximize life experiences despite feeling detached from the process.

Perceived by many to be the first truly comprehensive book written exclusively about depersonalization in English, this book is regarded both as a milestone in psychiatric literature, and an excellent user handbook and resource.

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RD Laing: The Divided Self

October 30, 2008

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The Divided Self, the seminal work by eminent Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing, is available to buy at Amazon.

Laing is considered by many to be a founding figure in the anti-psychiatry movement. In this book he postulates that the development of a unified sense of self is essential in cultivating and maintaining a relationship with the outside world. This “ontological security” provides us with the belief that the world is a stable place in which to live, and affirmative of our choice to live there. The “ontologically insecure” person, such as a schizophrenic or psychotic individual, has failed to develop this unity of self, from birth onwards through adolescence and into adult life. It is this insecurity, Laing believed, that distorts the individual’s relationship with the world, to the extent that there is no defence against him or her being “acted on”, or perceived in any way. What is needed, Laing argues, is greater understanding of the gestures and communications of those whom society wrongly ignores and demonises as “mad”.

This book is essential reading for anyone cast with a psychiatric label, or their carers to provide a deeper understanding of what is going on. It is also a great place to start for anyone interested in existentialism, and it’s impact on psychiatry, anti-psychiatry, and psychiatric diagnosis.

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