Stranger To My Self
Depersonalization, a feeling of 'I am not myself,' puzzles medicine and philosophy. Click Here
Jeffrey Abugel is the author of Stranger To My Self (Coming January 2011), an inside, in-depth look at... Click Here
Stranger To My Self
Inside Depersonalization: The Hidden Epidemic
“Depersonalization, a feeling of “I am not myself,” puzzles medicine and philosophy. It is a disorder difficult to diagnose, painful to bear and hard to treat. It relates to the philosophical cornerstones of consciousness and reality and reveals questions every person struggles with. Jeffrey Abugel’s book arrives, not only as a long-awaited companion on depersonalization for patients, families, and mental health practitioners, but also a companion to the part of life that involves discovering oneself and shaping one’s identity.
Depersonalization was first described not by a physician or a scientist. It took a poet and writer, Henri-Frederick Amiel, who agonized with feelings of a lost self, to grasp the phenomenon. And now, more than a century later, it took another poet and writer, Jeff Abugel, who himself suffered with full-blown depersonalization, to express the personalization-depersonalization journey for modern times. Poignant and elegant autobiographical prose, reflections of the author’s own experiences of self-inquiry, provide a powerful and revealing understanding of depersonalization. This book proves that this hurtful condition can open ways to realize important aspects of the self and grow towards a deeper, more fulfilling life”.
—Elena Bezzubova M.D., Ph.D., College of Medicine,
University of California, Irvine, and New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.
“Jeff has taken a mental shovel and dug deep into his brave and personal account of the mysterious, frightening, bizarre condition of Depersonalization. An absolute must read for anyone who has a brain skating on the thin ice of depression, anxiety, depersonalization and just being alive”. For long term sufferers "Stranger To My Self" will prove illuminating and a better friend than your dog. For new sufferers, you will save years of wondering, "What %#@* is wrong with me," thousands of dollars seeing doctors who haven't a clue what you're talking about, and a book with all the state-of-the-art info you'll need to understand, learn, get better and not kill yourself before your time”.
—Harris Goldberg, film director, Numb