Dodie Clark has long been open about her struggles with depersonalisation (DPD), a mental illness that has left her depressed, unfocused and, in her words, can lead to “suicidal thoughts”. Now, in a new video, Dodie has revealed that she undergoes a new form of treatment to try and treat the condition. The procedure is called Trans-Cranial Magnetic Stimulation, (TMS) and works by sending electromagnetic pulses to her brain, which are meant to ease the effects of DPD.
She says it’s uncomfortable, but she’s used to it
Dodie can be seen visibly jolting when the pulses are administered, but she says the treatment is more uncomfortable than painful and that she has grown used to it. She says that it creates a feeling of the brain acting on it’s own, out of your control, much like when your leg moves when your knee is tapped.
The treatment is said to ‘show no major safety concerns’, but the effectiveness can be variable. Dodie says that she used to try and ignore her mental health problems, describing her past self as ‘happy and ignorant’. She says she is happy that she has sought treatment to address her DPD directly.
Dodie is revealing her treatment for a reason
“I think because I have this audience I have the potential to show people that there’s no shame in any of this.” She says. “There’s no shame in mental health or seeking treatment at all and you have to do what’s best for you.”
You can check out the full report on Dodie’s treatment by clicking here. For more information about depersonalisation, you can check out this explainer piece that Dodie inspired us to put together. For information about mental health issues, please have a look at this information from the Mental Health charity Mind.