The Depression Files

Al Interviews Kenny | Elementary School Teacher & Mental Health Advocate

December 1, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Kenny, an elementary school teacher and mental health advocate (recorded 10-21-19). Kenny shares how he struggled with depersonalization-derealization disorder (DPDR) for eight years and actually never received a diagnosis. He describes the pain, the muscle and body fatigue, the sleep issues, and the challenge of dealing with emotions and relationships while dealing with the disorder.

While Kenny put in a great amount of effort into recovering from what, at the time, was an unknown illness to him, he can share the exact date in which his DPDR was resolved. Kenny shares what that day was like, as a rush of emotions came crashing over him and his pain suddenly vanished. Although the DPDR has resolved, he is currently struggling to put together the emotional pieces of the past eight years.

Kenny now has a website, The Outside The Box Project, in the hopes of educating others about DPDR.

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