Depersonalization: A New Look at a Neglected Syndrome

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 13, 2009 - Medical
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Depersonalization is a dissociative disorder, causing alteration in the perception or experience of the self and a detachment from reality. This is a fascinating and clinically relevant phenomenon neglected within psychiatry. Far from being a rare condition, it can be as prevalent as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and frequently occurs in association with other neuropsychiatric conditions. This book is a review of depersonalization, dealing with the subject from a wide range of perspectives and covering historical, conceptual, clinical, trans-cultural, pharmacological and neurobiological factors. It discusses recent neuroimaging studies providing fresh insights into the condition and opening up new opportunities to manage the symptoms with pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic interventions. It will be relevant to psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, as well as primary care practitioners, neurologists and psychiatric nurses.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
viii
Introduction
1
A history of depersonalization
7
The symptoms of depersonalization
24
The depersonalization spectrum
44
Druginduced depersonalization disorder
63
Psychiatric comorbidity of depersonalization
69
Depersonalization in neurology
88
Depersonalization and culture
101
Towards a pharmacology of depersonalization
113
Psychological approaches to the treatment of depersonalization disorder
124
The neurobiology of depersonalization
132
Pulling the threads together
142
The Cambridge Depersonalization Scale
161
Index
169
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