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Drawing on the author’s experience of depersonalization disorder (DPD), this book aims to provide support, understanding and advice on how to manage everyday life with DPD.

With insight from respected figures in the field and those with lived experience, the book details the depersonalization experience, from what it is to the impact it has on everyday life. It also offers coping strategies and practical, positive advice for seeking professional treatment.

In both the public and clinical spheres, awareness of DPD is low and it takes an average of 7-12 years to diagnose. This is therefore a much-needed resource, illuminating the experience of those living with this disorder and providing guidance on getting help.

Reviews

A book written by someone who has personal experience of DPD and who can explain the current state of knowledge about DPD in an accessible way will be of great benefit to others in the same situation. It is the first of its kind and will perhaps prove to be a landmark for people living with DPD and the field as a whole.
Dr Elaine Hunter, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Professor Anthony David, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
Life On Autopilot is a comprehensive, user-friendly, warmly understandable, and compelling memoir on the much-misunderstood subject of depersonalization. If you're either fascinated or suffering from this profound condition, Joe has written a fully-fledged work that will take you through it with a welcoming, calm hand.
Harris Goldberg - screenwriter/director - NUMB
Joe Perkins offers a down-to-earth, compassionate, and insightful overview of DPDR. I suspect that readers who are feeling lost or worried about their experiences will come away feeling reassured and much less alone. This book is a great starting point for anyone who wants to know more about this under-recognized condition.
Elizabeth Pienkos, Psy.D. and Assistant Professor