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Medical Term:

depersonalization disorder


  1. a disorder characterized by persistent or recurrent experiences of detachment from one's mental processes or body, as if one is an automaton, an outside observer, or in a dream; reality testing remains intact and there is clinically significant distress impairment.
  2. a DSM diagnosis is established when the specified criteria are met.
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