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To start PEP-Easy without first opening your browser–just as you would start a mobile app, you can save a shortcut to your home screen.

First, in Chrome or Safari, depending on your platform, open PEP-Easy from You want to be on the default start screen, so you have a clean workspace.

Then, depending on your mobile device…follow the instructions below:


  1. Tap on the share icon Action navigation bar and tab bar icon
  2. In the bottom list, tap on ‘Add to home screen’
  3. In the “Add to Home” confirmation “bubble”, tap “Add”

On Android:

  1. Tap on the Chrome menu (Vertical Ellipses)
  2. Select “Add to Home Screen” from the menu


For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Waugaman, R.M. (2009). Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of Self. By Daphne Simeon and Jeffrey Abugel. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006, 242 pp., paperback $16.95.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 57(6):1504-1508.

(2009). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 57(6):1504-1508

Feeling Unreal: Depersonalization Disorder and the Loss of Self. By Daphne Simeon and Jeffrey Abugel. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006, 242 pp., paperback $16.95.

Review by:
Richard M. Waugaman

Daphne Simeon and Jeffrey Abugel's highly readable book offers an excellent introduction to the topic of depersonalization, on the spectrum from a transient symptom to an enduring disorder. Their book will be of considerable interest to analysts, especially those who treat adolescents and young adults, who are in the phase of life when depersonalization usually begins. Simeon is a psychiatrist “recognized as the leading investigator of depersonalization in the United States” (p. 4). Abugel identifies himself as “a journalist who experienced the condition for more than a decade and explored its philosophical and literary implications for years to follow” (p. 4). The authors' collaboration enriches the scope of this intriguing book.

Severe emotional neglect emerges as a common childhood trauma in the etiology of depersonalization disorder. Simeon's research on sixty adults investigated six types of childhood trauma, but she failed to measure emotional neglect. To her credit, she later recognized that she had “neglected” a crucial causal factor. Some of her case examples provide eloquent descriptions of such neglect. Further, her clinical material suggests that some patients learned to use depersonalization to “escape” from severe parental discord.

Adults with depersonalization often suffer severe dysphoria when they do not feel that their condition is adequately understood by their therapists. Simeon's data suggest that this reaction is in part a parental transference, reviving the perceived pathogenic failure of parents to validate the child's painful feelings.

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