INITIATIVE FOR
DEPERSONALIZATION STUDIES (IDS)

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

What is depersonalization?

Depersonalization is the third most common psychiatric symptom, and it can also be a chronic 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.

When your world seems strange and you've lost your sense of self, you'll be hard pressed finding a name for your affliction. But there is one "Depersonalization Disorder", and it's nothing new.

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Who are we?

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.

What We do

The Initiative for Depersonalization Studies is a 501c3 non-profit
corporation dedicated to increasing awareness of
Depersonalization-Derealization Disorder (DDD) worldwide In the
future, through grants and crowd-funding venues, we hope to host
educational conventions for medical professionals, students and
patients alike.

Connection

 IDS produces free educational literature in many languages and sponsors Support Groups in major cities throughout the United States.

Communication

IDS  maintains a social media presence through its Facebook discussion group as well as member based forums.

 

Development

In the future, through grants and crowd-funding venues, we hope to hosteducational conventions for medical professionals, students and patients alike.

Stories and Experiences

For years I have attempted to recount my experience with depersonalization as a full-time condition.  And every time I've tried, I've stopped, for the simple reason that I first knew this illness nearly 30 years ago, and to relay everything I've experienced, felt and learned in that time would literally take hundreds of pages.  But continue reading
I wrote this around six months of being homeless. The only time that I was back my body completely for any real expanse of time in which I felt a real shift in my identity was around winter ’96. I experienced three days in which I had a continuous sense of continue reading
Hi all!! First of all I'm sorry for my English won't be as good as I wanted to be. My personal story started in Spain (where I am) 28 years ago in 1975 when I was ten years old. I was in classroom, sitting on my chair, in a clear and shinny morning of September and suddenly a continue reading
Hello My name is Anna I'm gone, not here, don't want to I guess, too tired sad. I cannot speak, cannot relate, cannot use words. There are no words for me, I cannot. cannot....I'm getting lost. Am I crazy?  Will I end up in a loony bin?  My body is not mine.  I'm an actor in continue reading
I will be 49 years old on Monday Aug. 2.  It is strange that I finally have an answer to what has been going on with me for all the years of my life. I grew up in a family in which my father was an alcoholic and committed suicide when I was 12 years continue reading
I have had DP for most (if not all) of my life. I can say for certain that I have had it since about the age of 11 but probably had symptoms prior to that age. I am now a month shy of 33. At the age of 13-14 I remember trying to explain to continue reading

Our Board

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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. 

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.

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Chase Yarns

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.