"The symptoms include a sense of automation, going through the motions of life but not experiencing it, feeling as though one is in a movie, loss of conviction with one's identity, feeling as though one is in a dream, feeling a disconnection from one's body; out-of-body experience, a detachment from one's body, environment and difficulty relating oneself to reality.
Occasional moments of mild depersonalization are normal; strong, severe, persistent, or recurrent feelings are not. A diagnosis of a disorder is made when the dissociation is persistent and interferes with the social and occupational functions necessary for everyday living. Depersonalization disorder is thought to be largely caused by severe traumatic lifetime events including childhood sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; accidents, war, torture, panic attacks and bad drug experiences. It is unclear whether genetics play a role; however, there is evidence of physiological factors with respect to DPD"
“I swear to you gentlemen, that to be overly conscious is a sickness, a real, thorough sickness.”
- Fyodor Dostoevsky Notes From The Underground
"It’s noble to be timid, illustrious to fail to act, sublime to be inept at living....”
- Fernando Pessoa The Book Of Disquiet
"And I used to fly like peter pan
All the children flew when I touched their hands..."