While anyone can develop depersonalization-derealization disorder, you're at increased risk if:

  • Your personality has traits that make you want to avoid or deny difficult situations or you have trouble adapting to difficult situations
  • You've been involved in or witnessed a traumatic or abusive experience
  • You're in your mid- to late teens or early adulthood — depersonalization-derealization disorder is rare in children and older adults

Even if you don't have depersonalization-derealization disorder, feelings of depersonalization or derealization can be triggered by:

  • Having other mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety
  • Using substances, such as hallucinogens or marijuana
  • Having physical or medical conditions, such as seizures or a head injury
May 24, 2014