Hi I'm new here. I've had chronic DP for just over 12 years now, 24/7. I diagnosed myself a year or two after it was triggered, the usual panic attack on weed. About 6 years ago I managed to see Dr Sierra at the Maudsley and he confirmed the diagnosis. I was on Lamotrigine but it was no help, same as everything else.
My Understanding of the condition is that the VMPFC suppresses emotions from the Insula and amygdala. So to me it would make sense that there was a surge of negative emotions during the panic attack and this was either consciously or unconsciously resisted. I too experience emotional numbness, 24/7 DP/DR, struggle with sleep, energy, mood, you name it really. I don't have blank mind however, it is more like my thoughts come crashing into my awareness and I have no control. Socialising has become impossible and I am increasingly avoiding it.
Anyway, I have tried 100's of supplements and medications but nothing has helped. Recently I have been trying a technique with mixed and odd symptoms resulting from it. I have tried focusing on the entire 'heart region' and the upper abdominal muscles. Not really a meditation, sometimes I close my eyes, but I am trying to do it throughout the day. The point of the exercise is to become aware of tension but not TRY to relax as that tends to worsen it. Just bring awareness and after some time there are tugs and pulls of muscles in the region as they relax, but the point is I am not DOING this it just happens when I drop the effort. These twitches are also known as 'neurogenic tremors' and have been associated with trauma.
Anyway, my theory is that the sense of self has contracted and is stuck as part of the 'freeze response'. This is EITHER by the panic attack or repressed memories or your current life situation. I'm open minded to anything causing DP really, so theres never going to be one fix for all. Simply by bringing awareness to this area I feel more present. However, this was after a couple of weeks. I would warn that these 2 weeks were awful, so make sure you have access to a health professional. It aggravated my DP/DR at first as well as worsened concentration and it brings up a LOT of negative emotions. The other thing is it seems to be bringing up suppressed memories. I cant be certain, and this will become clear in time, but is not something I am willing to go into yet. I very much suspect these memories are the reason I have DPD and will continue with the technique and come back to the forum to report. Has anybody else experimented with this? I know some people here are massively against meditation, and I would reiterate not to do this like that at first. Just watch tv and bring focus to this area, or during a shower, jogging, cooking, walking etc. Be aware of the WHOLE heart and upper abdo area as much as you can, not trying to change anything or RELAX as this only makes it worse. You might be surprised how much tension is being held there