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IDS is 501c3 non-profit corporation devoted to increasing awareness of
Depersonalization Disorder through
the sponsoring of worldwide conferences  and expanded media presence​


Strangers to Our Selves​​​​​​

Depersonalization is the third most common psychiatric symptom, and it can also be a chornic dissociative disorder affecting more people than schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders combined.  Yet few health professionals know anything about it or how it should be treated. We are here to change that once and for all.  Please join us in our educational efforts and in the ​​​sponsoring of conferences and new research.

Welcome to the Initiative for Depersonalization Research (IDS) home page. IDS is a non-profit 501(c) corporation dedicated to the promotion of ongoing research into Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder (DDD) as well as increasing awareness of DDD through mass media, social media, and regularly scheduled conferences around the world. Our goal is to provide a seamless venue through which information and publicity efforts throughout the world may be shared. IDS is open to all, and educational conferences will be open to health professionals and the general public.  Updates about new research or ongoing research, clinical trials, and relevant events are welcome in our FORUM.  Feel free to explore the site and contribute as it grows.  Donations are now accepted via the Paypal link above, as well as our Gofundme page, listed under Depersonalization Studies.  Please bear with us as this website is fine-tuned.
This new website will include some material, such as personal stories and original art, featured on the old site. In the meantime, please join our Facebook discussion group for updates on Depersonalization in the media, upcoming events, and all relevant news.
Board of Directors
  1. Jeffrey Abugel
    IDS founder Jeffrey Abugel has been a magazine editor and writer for more than 30 years. He has published three books and hundreds of articles. He is the author, with Daphne Simeon, MD, Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self, published by Oxford University in 2006. In 2011, he authored Stranger To My Self, Inside Depersonalization:The Hidden epidemic.
  2. Elena Bezzubova Phd
    Elena Bezzubova received her M.D. summa cum laude and Ph.D. with a dissertation on depersonalization in Russia and completed her training in psychoanalysis in the U.S. Her 30 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience includes inpatient and outpatient adolescents and adults, encompassing a broad range of mental health issues.
  3. Jane Charleton
    Bio to come.