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

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I was the sixth child.  My brother was born 18 years earlier and two boys and two girls died in infancy before I was born.  My mother did not want another child because she could not bear another loss.  Nonetheless I was conceived and in spite of her efforts to abort, was born healthy.  She hovered continue reading
Wow. Just found this site, and like most of the posts here I am amazed how well it describes what I have been feeling - in my case, since I was twelve. Now I'm 26 and have always just assumed that I felt 'existential angst' a bit more strongly than other people. So many of continue reading
I am twenty-five and have been dealing, or attempting to deal with depersonalization for twenty years. I do not recall any of my time here on earth before age of four, so that time is irrelevant to me. I grew up in a dysfunctional environment, so it is my guess that depersonalization on my behalf continue reading
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
Hi, I had my first depersonalization experience when I was 12 3/4 years old.  I'm ashamed and sorrowed to admit that it occurred just two weeks after  the first time I smoked marijuana.  The DP event was so incredibly traumatic and life altering.  I look back now over the years (I'm 37 now), and can see continue reading
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I am so thankful that I finally found out what is wrong with me...DID, dissociative disorder...which, by the way, is not rare. It is now believed that as high as 10% of the general population has some level of DID (of which depersonalization is a part).... Thank you to all of you who are posting your stories on this 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.