Depersonalization is the third most common psychiatric symptom, and it can also be a chronic disorder affecting more people than schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders combined. Amazingly, 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 through the sponsoring of support groups, conferences and new research.
Welcome to the Initiative for Depersonalization Research (IDS) home page. IDS is a non-profit 501(c) corporation dedicated to ongoing education about Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder (DDD) as well as increased awareness of DDD through mass media, social media, and regularly scheduled support groups. 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 future educational conferences will be open to health professionals and the general public. Updates about new 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.
The Initiative for Depersonalization Studies is a 501c3 non-profit
corporation dedicated to increasing awareness of
future, through grants and crowd-funding venues, we hope to host
educational conventions for medical professionals, students and
IDS produces free educational literature in many languages and sponsors Support Groups in major cities throughout the United States.
IDS maintains a social media presence through its Facebook discussion group as well as member based forums.
In the future, through grants and crowd-funding venues, we hope to host educational conventions in major cities.
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.
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.
Chase Yarns has been with IDS since its inception and perfectly represents the younger advocates for mental health research, specifically regarding DDD. He is a familiar face to many, having appeared on the Dr. Phil show, as well as recently publishing his well-received personal story in book form.