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#1 Linn

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Posted 22 July 2020 - 03:17 PM

Hi!

 

I've not been through any traumas to explain my episodical depersonalization/derealization, but I've noticed I always get episodes after having intensely strained my brain for a few hours. Like, going out and socialise with people (I'm very introverted), intense surfing on the internet for hours, building IKEA furniture or any kind of brain work-out. Afterwards I dissociate, sometimes out of body-experience, less so now, but this surreal feeling of not being me and not living in this house and having this life and everything is a dream and distant and muffled.

 

Does anyone else have DP/DR as a brain collapse when you're exhausted? I don't know if it's connected to burn out in some way, or if it's just the way my brain has learnt to cope with over-load and over-stimulation? When do you dissociate, in what situations? Is it always trauma? For me it's when my brain is fried and I just can't bear to be conscious any longer, so my brain protects me. That's what my psych nurse says at least. But I've never heard it happen to anyone else?

 



#2 LizFerret

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 05:57 PM

I have had some complecated childhood that brought about prolonged traumatic experience.
I didnt have dpdr until a period in my adult life with excessive stress. That set into motion dpdr.
While being on meds I had periods with less or mostly no dp, I would get dpdr back right after experincing similar environments and situations to those you have described.
Rest was the only answer for me.

#3 Linn

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 01:44 PM

Thank you so much for your answer! Even though I don't have any trauma I've had a rough life with severe mental illness since I was a child. I've been much in psychiatric hospitals and not always had the best treatment. Maybe if you've been through some things before, stress can trigger dp/dr experience. 

I'm glad the medication worked for you, mine got worse on some meds, especially an SSRI. Now I've increased my best medicine (an antipsychotic) and feel quite far from dr/dr. I do rest a lot now.



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Posted 28 July 2020 - 12:40 PM

Today I had a DP-episode again! It's not completely gone, but I'm almost back to normal. Half-dissociated. I did more things today, so I guess that brought it on. I thought I was feeling so much better, but I guess I need more rest than I think. Tomorrow I'll rest the entire day. 



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Posted 29 July 2020 - 03:00 AM

My DP is often induced by intense brain activity. I'll be at work shuffling through paperwork, or typing up emails, amd I will completely dissociate amd grow very restless. Sometimes when I'm in deep, long conversation with someone, I will dissociate. Watching TV, searching the web, soliving simple problems, and even just cooking can cause a DP episode. During these DP episodes caused by said activities, I am so tired I could fall asleep on the spot. The DP doesn't really bother me that much anymore, but the restless states that follow directly after are a huge pain. I compare these "restless states" to not sleeping for a day or two. Trying to perform tasks during this can be incredibly difficult. Fortunately it's not an everyday thing, but it's still a bitch when I can't do my job without almost falling asleep.

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 01:45 PM

I'm not so bothered by my dissociations any more, I've learnt to accept them and know I seem normal. I've asked people and they can't tell on me, I just feel like a shell but I trust my body to deal with the situation, or rather to get me out of the situation, so I can rest and get myself together. I don't experience any restlessness, just foreign to myself, my life, like a dream, sometimes out-of-body experiences. I have no trouble doing everyday stuff, but I don't work, so I probably wouldn't be able to manage that while in dissociation considering I can't even without DP/DR.  The best way to deal for me is to just accept it and wait for it to go away. I take it as a signal from my brain: ALARM RAISED! Acute need of REST! And I'll get out of the situation and lay down on my bed in quietness until I'm more in normal consciousness again. But once it lasted a week, so it's not always just a 1h-thing. 






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