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

This has turned into more of a life story... But I guess the person's history is crucial to understanding the person. I'm not sure when exactly this depersonalization thing came on, and what caused it. If I had to guess I'd say it was a combination of an overwhelming feeling of inferiority mixed with an incredible continue reading
I haven't had any episodes or feeling of DP for a very, very long time! Later in my letter I'll explain how and why I found this site. (How would one who's not having symptoms end up here?)Some think it's important to note that I had a very harsh childhood. I have yet to meet continue reading
I'd smoked pot since I was about 16. I had resisted for a long time, being a total control freak even at that age, but once I tried it I just had too much fun.  For a number of years I had no problems.  I simply enjoyed myself and suffered the typical paranoia of being regularly stoned.  At the continue reading
  This is my story, while it is very similar, it is different as well. I am a 21 (22 in Jan.) yr. old female. I was never abused growing up, but I did experiment with drugs. But that has been a while ago. In high school I smoked pot a lot, but then quit when continue reading
I was once diagnosed with major depression and at the time, that seemed the most logical explanation...all I wanted was an explanation.  I was on Zoloft for a time, and it only helped for a few months though I stayed medicated for a couple of years.  I decided to stop after my doctor wanted to continue reading
When I first found this site, I did not know whether I wanted to view or contribute to it because each of your stories causes me to start panicking a little. But I suppose I find solace in that fact that I am not alone, and if I can provide that for someone else, then 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.