Hi! I'm new here. Finding this website is fantastic - I never knew so many people suffered from this terrible disorder!
Anyway, I've had DP/DR since October of 2011; it was caused by either sleep deprivation (I got about 3 hours of sleep a night for an entire year) or severe anxiety. It's constant - 24/7 - and it never goes away. I literally cannot remember the last time I felt normal. When I think about it too hard, I have a panic attack to the point where I can barely breathe. I've tried to push it out of my mind for the past year, but I just can't anymore. It's consuming me. I cry for hours everyday. I'm losing the will to live - nothing even feels real, so why should I even care about life?
My question is: Is there hope? I cannot deal with the thought of having to live like this for any longer. I read on here that some people have had it for several years, and that really scares me. I don't want that. And I don't want to cope with it or push it out of my mind/forget about it....I just want to feel normal again. Even if it's just for a few seconds. I need to know that there's some chance that I can recover from this atrocity. I'm losing my mind.
Have any of you recovered completely?? How?? How long did it take you do so?? Please share, if you can!! I can't live like this anymore. I've tried grounding techniques, yoga, everything....nothing seems to work.
Also, I don't really know how to "get help." I can't possibly see how talking about this disorder would cure me or make me feel better. Talking about it just makes me feel 10000x worse. And as far as I know, most doctors aren't really aware of DP/DR - I tried briefly discussing it with my doc, and he got really confused and looked at me like I was making it up.
I hope you all are eventually able to recover. <3