What is the outlook for people with depersonalization/derealization disorder?

Complete recovery is possible for many patients. The symptoms associated with this disorder often go away on their own or after treatment that helps people deal with the stressors or traumas that triggered the symptoms. However, without treatment to work out the underlying issues, additional episodes of depersonalization/derealization may occur.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/20/2016.


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