... and I'm wondering. This is most often how I/we feel... but I know that there are alters involved. I feel them, see them, sometimes hear them. But I also seldom lose time (at least seldom since childhood) and when I do lose time it's more of what happened in the past, even though I'm aware of what's going on during the event itself...Depersonalization disorder is marked by periods of feeling disconnected or detached from one’s body and thoughts (depersonalization). The disorder is sometimes described as feeling like you are observing yourself from outside your body or like being in a dream. However, people with this disorder do not lose contact with reality; they realize that things are not as they appear. An episode of depersonalization can last anywhere from a few minutes to many years. Depersonalization also might be a symptom of other disorders, including brain disease and seizure disorders.
Depersonalization disorder is one of a group of conditions called dissociative disorders. Dissociative disorders are mental illnesses that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, consciousness or awareness, identity and/or perception—mental functions that normally operate smoothly. When one or more of these functions is disrupted, symptoms can result. These symptoms can interfere with a person’s general functioning, including social and work activities, and relationships.
Is there something where there's some sort of combination between Depersonalization Disorder and DID? Or does DID encompass Depersonalization Disorder? And if it does, what of the difference between losing time and "not losing contact with reality"? I am so confused.