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

Hi my name is Christian and I have been suffering from DPD since 1991 when I was sixteen I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and underwent 6 months of Chemotherapy.  About a week after the first treatment I woke in the morning and I felt like I was having an out of body experience. 
After reading these stories I feel that I really need to post also so that I may also help. Personally I’ve never received an official diagnosis of Depersonalization. I’m currently 31. For me it starts as early as I can remember. The first real depersonalization thing that ever happened to me was an out of
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
I’m so happy to have found this website…to know I’m not alone dealing with this.  Although I have never been diagnosed with DP, I know I have it.  Ihave had this feeling since I was 11 and now I am 16.  I have felt it persistently although I have learned to adjust as best as
Well, I’ve had DP for about two years now, so I figured it was about time I shared my story. Who knows, it may even help me a bit. Unlike many other people, my DP did not start as a result of using drugs. In fact I’ve never even tried any illegal drugs. It began
Hello, I’m Jonathan, 20 years old, and I live in Massachusetts. I’ve read some of these stories and noticed that a lot of people get DP from drug usage or a traumatic experience. I firmly believe I’ve had mine since birth, or at least- as far back as I can remember. My father has DP, my

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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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.