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Media captionVlogger Dodie tells BBC Radio 5 live she is raising awareness of mental health issues by filming her care

Depersonalisation disorder, sometimes known as DPD, leaves sufferers seeming like they’re not regions of the world they live in.

“I feel spaced out a lot of the time. I feel like I’m not really here, like I’m living in a dream, ” mentions Dodie Clark, a 22 -year-old musician and vlogger from London.

“I can’t open my eyes wide enough or ascertain things properly.”

The mental health disorder can lead to severe depression as emotions, empathy and wellbeing give way to a detachment and interval from daily life.

Dodie mentions: “It’s made me to have depression and feeling. I noticed suicidal dreams creeping in and that was emphatically the point where I saw I requirement some help.”

What causes the condition was still not understood – and therapies such as medication and counselling aren’t ever effective.

Dodie has suffered from depersonalisation for about two years, and is now trying out a somewhat new therapy called trans-cranial magnetic stimulation.

Known as TMS, it is currently available in only two NHS trusts and a handful of private clinics. It is a mainstream care in the US, but not the UK.

Dodie permitted BBC Radio 5 Live to accompany her for a treatment at the Smart TMS clinic in Chelsea.

Face twitching

At first sight, the therapy appears similar to electro-convulsive therapy, a controversial intervention that passes electric shocks through the brain to induce a minor convulsion, modifying psyche activity.

However TMS is very different. No pads or probes actually touch the patient’s chief.

Instead, an electromagnetic coil sits a few inches above specific targeted region.

Electromagnetic pulsings are then made that target the specific area of the psyche considered to be inducing the problem.

One effect of the electromagnetic heartbeat is unintended movement.

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Image caption Dodie Clark is receiving treatment for seeming spaced out much of the time

In Dodie’s case, the pulsates build her jaw twitching with a regular snap motion.

“At firstly, I was quite panic-struck by the whole situation, because it’s quite freaky – like something’s nudging your psyche and building your face twitch when you don’t want it to.

“A lack of power can be quite scary, but now I’m used to it, ” she says.

“When I firstly started getting ailment, if I could see myself now, I’d be frightened. This is bizarre. But now that I’m here, I know it’s not that bad. It’s simply other kinds of care, and it’s important to appearance this.”

“There’s no disgrace in any of this. There’s no dishonor in mental health issues or attempting treatment at all.”

Is it effective?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence( NICE) says the therapy depicts no significant safety concerns.

The institute mentions prove about its effectiveness in the short term is “adequate” but “variable”.

Dr Chris Kelly, a consultant psychiatrist and a companion of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, is an experienced practitioner of electro-convulsive therapy and is familiar with the TMS treatment.

He replies much more research is needed into the overall effectiveness in the field of depression.

“It may be useful to some people, particularly those who are intolerant to standard treatments, ” he says.

“At present, we know that it is of some use and not of particular damage.

“But the question is whether it’s any better than proven therapies either already used to treat situations like this – and that’s what we don’t yet know.”

After completing her track of transcranial magnetic stimulation, Dodie hasn’t so far obtained any improvement, and is undertaking other therapy.

However, she replies she would still recommend that others consider it.

“For me, I didn’t find any difference, and that’s difficult to talk about. But I think it needs more acceptance and for people to know about it.”

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