Helping Kids with Depersonalization: When They Worry They are Not Real

There is a type of anxiety that many people don’t talk about or understand – that is depersonalization or derealization. Both issues can be alarming for both a child and their parent.

Does your child suffer from depersonalization or derealization? Do they worry they are in a dream? This week I help kids understand this issue and what to do about it.

When kids worry they are living in a dream, it is hard to know what to say. When they feel like they are not themselves or they are a robot going through the motions of life, how does a parent offer comfort?

Sometimes the best comfort we can give a child is to let them know they are not alone. Having a name for this sensation can reduce some of the distress.

In this week’s Ask the Child Therapist Youtube video, I talk directly to kids and teens about what depersonalization-derealization is and what to do about it.

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