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Old 02-10-2019, 05:17 PM   #11
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So very sorry youíve had this horrific experience, Hopefully. It does sound to me like a reaction to the trauma, especially if the trauma involved your physical body. Also sounds as if the shock response may be starting to give way.

Are you able to function? Feel your body? Pour a glass of water, that kind of thing?
I am functioning yes. By the nature of the trauma, a lot of strangers had to enter my life and this involved a lot of meetings and calls etc with unfamiliar people with a variety of personalities. That is cognitively draining right after a major shock. Some were also very unkind. Though I must focus on the warm and empathetic folks. My significant other is going through this too but our coping styles are very different. He wants to pretend that it's not happening...or at least he deals with it without discussing his feelings. I need to discuss my feelings or I feel crazy or deeply depressed.

I hope I didn't mislead anyone. I am not entirely alone since I do have my S.O. And he's a good man but one human can only do so much, right? He has his stress too and I don't want to be a burden. Support from friends or family would be nice but nobody has stepped up (my family has sent kind messages but they are physically far away) so we will accept our reality.

When I posted last night, my S.O. was away all night and I was alone with intense feelings which had not hit me yet. Your comment about the shock response starting to give way sounds very accurate. That's alarming me because I'm not ready to deal with another major trauma. I've had other traumas in the past. I just do my best and try to focus on gratitude and coping step by step. In small increments. However, as of yesterday, I feel I need trauma counseling. I had to run an errand and I cried the whole way as I walked home and my hands were shaking. I couldn't stop. I don't think anyone saw me...I hope!!!

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Old 02-10-2019, 05:33 PM   #12
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Do you have a counselor? A therapist? And if not, it seems to me Iíve seen something at the top of this forum that says ďDo you need to talk to a counselor right now?Ē Maybe you could give that a try if there are no other options.

Iíll share with you that I have had a few out-of-body experiences myself, some frightening, some not so much, so if that or anything else I can do might feel helpful feel free to PM me.
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:50 PM   #13
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:00 PM   #14
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Another thing someone told me once when i was going thru one of these things was to put my hand over my solar plexus and hold it there for awile. There was something reassuring about that.
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Another thing someone told me once when i was going thru one of these things was to put my hand over my solar plexus and hold it there for awile. There was something reassuring about that.
I am going to try that. Forgive the obtuse Q...I have heard of the solar plexus but don't exactly know where it is...could you explain?
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The solar plexus is the area right below the center of your breasts but an inch or two above your navel. You should feel a slight indentation there.
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Iím glad you felt a little better.
It must be a horrible sensation. It sounds like the stress in the present, untied demonds from the past.
I used to have extracorporeal experiences when I was sleeping and I was living a period of lots of stress and pressure and it already was very scary. Iím not comparing. Thatís why I said that living it when you are awake must be absolutely confused and scary.

Try to talk to a therapist or psychiatrist to see up to what point it can be slowered the effects, with different techniques.
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Iím glad you felt a little better.
It must be a horrible sensation. It sounds like the stress in the present, untied demonds from the past.
I used to have extracorporeal experiences when I was sleeping and I was living a period of lots of stress and pressure and it already was very scary. Iím not comparing. Thatís why I said that living it when you are awake must be absolutely confused and scary.

Try to talk to a therapist or psychiatrist to see up to what point it can be slowered the effects, with different techniques.

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This happened to me due to a traumatic experience as a teenager, I saw it as a form of dissociation and with hindsight, it was a defence mechanism.
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I have experienced feeling unreal at times of extreme anxiety. I believe it is a human response to have.

It feels awful, I know, I find some space and try to remember it will pass.

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