So I've been speaking a lot about emotional trauma recently and think it is very relevant. I do strongly believe our personality types (influenced by our upbringing) or emotional trauma (even it that was 'just' a panic attack) caused this primarily. But that DP was an anxiety/fear based thing that was eventually bound to happen. I think people without anxiety know how to 'self-soothe' and therefore don't ramp up the cycle for it to grow out of hand. I have started to consider whether this overly active response to anxiety with myself would naturally increase adrenaline/glutamate and therefore just be a matter of time before I developed DP.
I've tried Lamotrigine to no success but that mainly blocks glutamate and only minorly increases GABA. I've never had any strong GABA drugs as they are a big no no in the UK, although phenibut had some impact but caused severe nausea and hangover effects. I do believe attitude towards yourself is still majorly important, but my genes and gut are making it a mountain to big to climb with attitude alone. When I did have the panic attack on weed there was excruciating abdomen pain (I ate the weed) so this could be related to gut/bacteria. I do believe mind and body are one thing, if we are a fearful person the gut will provide the correct bacteria for that and downregulate GABA. People see it as a chicken and egg thing but I don't believe its that simple. So the next step I'm trying is gut based and diet based with a few supplements:
Magnesium Sulphate (epsom salts)
Lots of water
P5P - bioavailable B6 needed to make GABA
Yakhult, tempeh, kimchi - fermented foods increase friendly GABA making bacteria
Taurine - supposedly increases GABA (not sure how)
LOTS of coconut oil - ketones/ketogenesis improve GABA, perhaps through enzymes that produce GABA. Not a fully ketogenic diet but increased fats. Currently 3 teaspoons extra virgin coconut oil in tea twice a day
Green tea- L-theanine passes BBB and turns directly into GABA
Lifeplan Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Rhamnosus bioactive bacteria
HIIT training - did the first few sprints last night, massively unfit! But slept the best I have for a few weeks and feel better for it today. High intensity training increases GABA quickly. Takes 10mins everyday, and I will defo keep to this more than long 30/40min jogs as its quick and more fun. When you run until your chest is bursting you can't be thinking about DP
Yoga/meditation - when I say yoga I do a few stretched but its the same effect. There was a study that showed yoga massively increases GABA after one session. Also meditation increases this, and helps me with my attitude towards myself
If anyone else has any further additions that are easily achievable would love to hear your input!