derealization

noun
de·​re·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌrē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce derealization (audio) \

Definition of derealization

: a feeling of altered reality (such as that occurring in schizophrenia or in some drug reactions) in which one's surroundings appear unreal or unfamiliar

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Recent Examples on the Web Along with dissociative amnesia and depersonalization/derealization disorder, DID is one of three types of dissociative disorders, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 20 Apr. 2021 People with dissociative psychiatric conditions such as derealization or depersonalization syndrome report that their perceptual worlds, even their own selves, lack a sense of reality. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, 27 Aug. 2019

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Derealization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/derealization. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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derealization

noun
de·​re·​al·​iza·​tion
variants: or British derealisation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌrē-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən, -​ˌri-​ə-​ How to pronounce derealization (audio) \

Medical Definition of derealization

: a feeling of altered reality that occurs often in schizophrenia and in some drug reactions

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