A disconected self: living with a dissociative disorder

Julia Bateman has been experiencing feelings of derealization since she was 15. (Karly Blats photo)

Julia Bateman has been experiencing feelings of derealization since she was 15. (Karly Blats photo)

Derealization is a dissociative disorder that is often misdiagnosed by doctors. It is a reoccurring feeling of detachment from one’s body that can occur at random times or that can be triggered by stress or substances. Often times when someone is having an episode of derealization they describe it as feeling unreal or hopeless and will ask themselves ‘what’s the point of life?’ Onset of derealization can

be caused from a traumatic event or the use of psychedelic drugs and can spontaneously reoccur.

Although only a small number of the population is actuallydiagnosed with derealization about 40 per cent of people will have a transient experience of the dissociative disorder.

Julia Bateman is a 25-year-old living in Tofino, B.C. who has been experiencing feelings of derealization since she was 15 years old.

Listen to Julia’s story below.

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Burnaby Mountain protesters-Nov. 28

Protesters gathered on Burnaby Mountain on Nov. 28 as Kinder Morgan crews began hauling equipment off the mountain by helicopter. All protesters who were arrested over the last week had their civil contempt charges dropped by a judge because police had wrongly marked the injunction boundary. Spirits were high and the atmosphere was positive on the sunny November afternoon as protesters marched up Centennial Way. Police were on scene guarding the new injunction boundary as Kinder Morgan crews began to evacuate the area.

 

Video filmed and edited by Karly Blats. Reporter Nich Johansen

 

Langara’s president is a mug man

Langara president Dr. Lane Trotter has been collecting mugs for 20 years with over 300 in his collection, all of which come from educational institutions.(Karly Blats)

Langara president Dr. Lane Trotter has been collecting mugs for 20 years with over 300 in his collection, all of which come from educational institutions.(Karly Blats)

Langara president Dr. Lane Trotter is a collector at heart, owning more than 300 coffee mugs, nearly all of which are from educational institutions. (more…)

Innocence Lost: New play hits Studio 58

Shauna Griffin as Lynn Harper and Mike Gill as Steven Truscott in Innocence Lost:A Play about Steven Truscott ( David Cooper photo)

Shauna Griffin as Lynn Harper and Mike Gill as Steven Truscott in Innocence Lost:A Play about Steven Truscott ( David Cooper photo)

Studio 58 alumna and playwright Beverley Cooper brings her play, Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott, to Langara from March 20 to April 6 for its Western Canadian premiere. (more…)