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

When I first visited this website and I read the stories I cried.  I have been suffering from DP for 3 years now and it’s nice to know that there are other people out there like me. To start my story, I used to be a real big fan of weed.(not anymore!)  I started smoking …
Hi, I’m Seth. I’m 29 and I believe I have had DP since I was around 10. I first heard the term five years ago, attempting to find a name for what I was feeling. At first I though I was schizophrenic, dysphoric, bipolar…but none of these totally encompassed my symptoms. I came across the …
Everything seems unreal  My Self has disappeared I feel like a robot My thoughts seem strange My mind feels detached from my body The world seems foreign and    unfamiliar I can’t feel anything    My head    feels    hollow    I think I’m going crazy My body seems weird I don’t recognize myself in the mirror I am …
Hi I just recently found this website and to say the least I am fascinated.  I have spent the greater portion of the last 2 years of my life, examining, reading, studying, analyzing, and gathering information as to why I feel the way I do or don’t in the case. It has given me tremendous …
Finding this website has been a huge relief for me. For the longest time now I was convinced that I may have a brain tumor or something; perhaps not. I have been seeing a psychiatrist for some time.  She prescribed me Zoloft which I have been on for a little over a year. It has …
Hello all. I amazed by this website. I have thought for the last 27 years that I was alone with this experience. I must say that after reading, I had/have more of a derealization thing than depersonalization [ There seems to be some cross over]  It started for me from a pot smoking session when …

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.