Depersonalizing Sex

Let’s talk for a moment about mental illness – which is no joking matter.  And I know this because I, your humble scribe, have been touched by mental disorders.  Never forget – everyone has something.  Acknowledging it is the first step.  And yet, I was still taken aback when Bowen Yang admitted that he is suffering from “bad bouts of depersonalization”.  I thought that was when you ask a jeweler to erase an engraving before you re-gift!  But here is how the Mayo Clinic defines depersonalization disorder: “When you persistently or repeatedly have the feeling that you’re observing yourself from outside your body or you have a sense that things around you aren’t real.”  How does that apply to you?  Imagine you get to have sex with someone out of your league and you can’t believe it’s happening.  Or perhaps see yourself having sex in an overhead mirror.  That’s depersonalization.  Admittedly, it’s not always quite so titillating.  But the point is, Bowen is getting help.

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