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Symptoms of Mild Depersonalization?

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Ever since I was young I remember having short episodes where I felt detached from myself. Everything felt sped up and unreal, and I felt like a robot. It felt like I wasn’t really “there”. I stopped getting them after puberty but very recently I have been experiencing these 10-15 min episodes again. Now when these happen I start to get panicky because I worry it’s the start of a seizure or like I’m going crazy. I have dealt with mild-moderate anxiety but nothing to severe where I felt like I needed to get help from my doctor. (From Canada)

Symptoms of Mild Depersonalization?

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 It must be a scary thing to feel this coming on. But I do think it is time to get the medical evaluation. There are several possibilities that can cause these reactions, and the best place to start is with a good general physical, letting your physician know the symptoms. He or she is standing in a very good position to make suggestions about treatment.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Symptoms of Mild Depersonalization?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Symptoms of Mild Depersonalization?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from
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