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Old 09-07-2018, 02:22 PM   #11
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I was wondering if anyone has Depersonalization where things look unreal and you feel like you're outside your body. It starts with an ongoing and severe anxiety and worrying. I've had it since 14 and I was always full of anxiety.
I developed it this past year because of the mountain of stress and anxiety that eventually crushed me.

For me, things feel surreal, almost foggy, and I am completely detached from my emotions -- I function purely on logic. My mind goes completely blank and if I talk, I do so without thinking (I have no idea how I can even put a sentence together but apparently I can). Every part of my body feels numb and it takes a lot of energy to even move a finger. My response time to things is much slower than it typically is. Usually it's gone the next morning (assuming I slept overnight) but I'll only remember bits and pieces of what happened while I was disassociating.

Sometimes I can feel it coming on and I'll try to stop it but I inevitably fail.



From what I've read, the only way to "snap out of it" (poor wording but since I'm out of it right now that's all I can think of) is to ground yourself to reality. The only ways I can find to do that are by using your senses.... Unfortunately for me, my senses don't work so well so it's been a slow process finding creative ways to get around my poor senses. (Example: My sense of taste is extremely limited so sometimes I'll shock my system by taking 'shots' of balsamic vinegar. It sounds gross but it usually helps after a couple of shots.)
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Old 09-16-2018, 03:41 PM   #12
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When that happens, I keep saying "I am here" as sort of a grounding thing.

I wonder if not recognizing oneself in childhood photos has to do with dissociation??
Since having therapy for it and reading a book regarding DP there's no way to think your way out of it. The more you think about it or try to tell yourself something it makes it worse. I'm seeing someone trying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT.
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((Hugs)) Have had this sensation for as long as I can remember... There are various levels of it. I recall a friend mentioning feeling that way after smoking marijuana as a teenager and I was confused that she described it like it was weird for her because I had just assumed everyone else had that feeling quite often just like I did! (without drug use).
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I was wondering if anyone has Depersonalization where things look unreal and you feel like you're outside your body. It starts with an ongoing and severe anxiety and worrying. I've had it since 14 and I was always full of anxiety.
Anxiety and stress is a huge trigger for us....and also when a part momentarily takes over (just because they do). I practice grounding techniques which I guess sounds like relaxing and focusing techniques to quell the anxiety it’s self, like controlled breathing, distraction, focusing on an object noting details going into my little bubble until I calm a bit.

It seems the more prominent the dp/dr feeling is, the more anxious I become as if it is self feeding. Hmm, never thought of it that way.

Anyhow, I believe that you can learn to control your anxiety to a point by talking yourself down and using grounding techniques.

Have you a therapist? If not....they can help teach you techniques or help find out why you get anxious. GP’s or Pdoc’s can prescribe medication to keep one calm.

Good luck, gotta go.
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Is anyone on this topic anymore. I'm having a hard time with DP and depression. I need some help
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((((tikobird)))) I'm sorry you're struggling. Please, feel free to vent here.
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When that happens, I keep saying "I am here" as sort of a grounding thing.

I wonder if not recognizing oneself in childhood photos has to do with dissociation??
I found that wouldn't get rid of my Anxiety no matter how often I said it. I've had Generalized Anxiety Disorder almost my entire life. It's rather intense and not easily taken care of. Now with help and more information on how to control it and not fear anxiety, I'm beginning to handle it better. It's quite overwhelming and it takes much more than one simple phrase. Do you have some serious GAD?
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