FEELING UNREAL: Depersonalization and the Loss of the Self

Read what the experts are saying:

“Feeling Unreal will be the definitive work on depersonalization disorder (DPD) for the foreseeable future. Dr. Simeon is by far the leading expert on DPD in North America. In this book she and Mr. Abugel provide a thorough, readable explanation of the disorder that covers all aspects of symptoms and treatment."
Colin A. Ross, M.D.
Past President,
The International Society for the Study of Dissociation

"Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self, by Simeon and Abugel, is an outstanding exploration of a medical enigma, the poorly understood and under-recognized disorder Depersonalization. If one truly understands what it means to lose one's sense of self and feel unreal, then one can better understand the fundamental nature of the human condition. This book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date description of Depersonalization disorder that exists, and should serve as the definitive text of this disorder."
Eric Hollander, M.D.
Director of Clinical Psychopharmacology and
Professor of Psychiatry
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"The publication of Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self, is a cause for celebration. This comprehensive, powerful, and readable text, drawing on recent research by Dr. Simeon’s group and their distinguished British colleagues, fills a gaping hole in the contemporary literature of the mental health professions. A book of the scope and competence of Feeling Unreal has been overdue for a generation. This book is essential reading for all mental health professionals involved in the diagnosis, psychotherapy, or psychopharmacology of their fellow human beings."
Richard P. Kluft, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Temple University School of Medicine
Former President of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.

"Clinicians will find much in this book to guide them in their dealings with patients with depersonalisation disorder, a condition, which is far less uncommon than was previously believed. Sufferers will also find much in the volume to reassure them that they are not suffering alone with their problems, and scholars will be provoked and stimulated by the wide range of references and literary allusions that the authors make. This is the first monograph to tackle the topic of depersonalisation disorder and is likely to set the standard for future publications."
Anthony S .David MD
Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry,
Director of the Depersonalisation Research Unit,
Institute of Psychiatry, London

"People who experience chronic depersonalization, a feeling of distortion of or separation from one’s own body and sense of self, describe it as ranging from distressing to terrifying and isolating. Medical and mental health treatment professionals, who may not recognize or understand this dissociation-related phenomenon, can be frustrated in their attempts to respond helpfully. In Feeling Unreal, Simeon and Abugel open the door for both those suffering from depersonalization and those treating it by exploring and clarifying many aspects of this relatively common but under-studied psychological experience."
Esther Giller
Sidran Institute for Traumatic Stress Education & Advocacy
Towson, MD

Available in March 2006


Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of Self