Persistent or recurrent
experiences of feeling detached from, and as if one is an outside
observer of, one's mental processes or body (e.g., feeling like
one is in a dream).
During the depersonalization experience, reality
testing remains intact.
The depersonalization causes clinically significant
distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important
areas of functioning.
The depersonalization experience does not occur exclusively
during the course of another mental disorder, such as Schizophrenia,
Panic Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, or another Dissociative Disorder,
and is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance
(e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition
(e.g., temporal lobe epilepsy).
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