Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

While depersonalization and derealization can be frightening, they aren't necessarily harmful. Realizing that you have a treatable mental health disorder can be reassuring. To help you cope with depersonalization and derealization:

  • Follow your treatment plan. Counseling may involve practicing certain techniques to help resolve feelings of depersonalization and derealization on a daily basis. Seeking treatment early can improve your chances of successfully using these techniques.
  • Learn about the condition. Books and Internet resources are available that discuss why depersonalization and derealization occur and how to cope. Ask your mental health provider to suggest educational materials and resources.
  • Connect with others. Stay connected with supportive and caring people — family, friends, faith leaders or others.
May 24, 2014