Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Book Contributor Feature #5 (Elle Rose & Johnzelle)

Book Contributor Feature: Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Over the two weeks following the release of Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, I’ll be featuring the contributors to the book and excerpts from their narratives.

For more details on the book, please visit the Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis page.


Elle Rose

Elle Rose, who blogs at Secret Lady Spider, shared her story of living with depersonalization/derealization (DPDR).  Here’s an excerpt:

“When I wake up in the morning, the area between waking and dreaming doesn’t quite separate the way that it should – instead I feel sort of stuck between waking and dreaming, all the time…  I look down at my hands, and wonder if I even have bones in my hands – and then I think I’m actually losing my mind.”



Johnzelle Anderson

Johnzelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Panoramic Counseling.  He shares his experience with panic disorder (yes, therapists get sick too).  Here’s an excerpt:

“I experienced the racing thoughts, sweating, lightheadedness, tearfulness, and abdominal discomfort of panic attacks.I also experienced derealization, which made me occasionally feel like I existed outside of myself.I also developed anxiety about having future panic attacks.”



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