INITIATIVE FOR
DEPERSONALIZATION STUDIES (IDS)

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

What is depersonalization?

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.

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 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.

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 host educational conventions in major cities. 

Stories and Experiences

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
I am 29.I have suffered from DP since the age of 13. I have always been academically successful, a straight A student, so when I first got a full blown DP panic attack my life changed. I was so confused about what was going on with me, I could never explain my symptoms to anyone.
I am 25 years old, and have suffered anxiety, panic attacks, depression and DP since I was about 15 years old. My panic attacks started when I was 15, after an experience with pot.After smoking with a friend, I began to “freak out”.  I had never felt like this before.  I felt as if I
I am a registered nurse and have been for the last five years. The DP started when I was about 19 years old some where around there.  I don’t want to make this a long and boring story because people tend not to want to read everyone else’s “boring” problem (smile).  Anyway, some how I
As many of you, I really think that writing this letter will make me feel better. For 5 years I have been diagnosed with phobias, anxiety and panic attacks. I used to be pretty normal child, hyperactive, but OK. Then suddenly it came. First, fear of cardiovascular disease, then the worst fear of all, fear
I walk feeling alone in the world. Everyone is here but at the same time they’re not. I feel empty. Is anything what it appears? Am I the only one here? Am I the only on that sees? Where is everyone’s eyes? Why don’t they see what I see? Did they close their eyes to the place I

Our Board

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Jeffrey Abugel

IDS founder Jeffrey Abugel is the author, with Daphne Simeon, MD, of Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of the Self,  Oxford University Press (2006), and Stranger To My Self (2010). He is currently a Health & Wellness Coach certified by Georgetown University. 

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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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BILL WILSON

Bill has practiced law for more than 37 years in the Chicago area with Wilson and Wilson Estate Planning and Elder Law, LLC, concentrating in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning,  and Estate Planning for families that have children with disabilities. He has a profound interest in DP/DR, having lived with the disorder for over 40 years.