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[Depersonalization] can be a virus-caused disorder characterized by a subjective sense of unreality, disembodiment and emotional numbing

[Depersonalization] can be a virus-caused disorder characterized by a subjective sense of unreality, disembodiment and emotional numbing [Depersonalization] can be a virus-caused disorder characterized by a subjective sense of unreality, disembodiment and emotional numbing
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He appears to be holding himself rigid, as if any movement would rupture something inside him. His blood is clotting up — his bloodstream is throwing clots, and the clots are lodging everywhere. His liver, kidneys, lungs, hands, feet, and head are becoming jammed with blood dots. In effect, he is having a stroke throughout his whole body. Clots are accumulating in his intestinal muscles, cutting off the blood supply to his intestines. The intestinal muscles are beginning to die, and the intestines are starting to relax and go slack. He doesn't seem to be fully aware of pain any longer, because the blood clots lodged in his brain are cutting off blood flow and causing small strokes. His personality is being wiped away by brain damage. This is called depersonalization, in which the liveliness and details of character seem to vanish. He is becoming an automaton. Tiny spots in his brain are liquefying. The higher functions of consciousness are winking out first, leaving the deeper parts of the brain stem (the primitive rat brain, the lizard brain) still alive and functioning. It could be said that the who of Charles Monet has already died, while the what of Charles Monet continues to live.

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