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#1 Ahungerf

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 09:08 PM

Looking for help from anyone fully recovered or at least recovered from this symptom. Sunlight causes a dreamlike sensation and the bright sky just seems like a fake backdrop. I can’t stop noticing it and it fuels the whole anxiety cycle.

How did you recover from this?

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 01:53 PM

The opposite is true for me....Dark grey overcast skies make me more spacey and lost .....The sun make smy DP literally vanish....

 

This might be because I also experience S A D in winter.....The darker short days make me feel so awful and gloomy...I hate it...Spring and summer are like a new lease of life for me each year....The end of autumn and into deep winter are horrendous for my mood and motivation levels...

 

I think it all depends on what part of the world you live in...

 

How often have you heard people from dry hot climates say they would love constant rain but yet ask a person from the British Isles what they think about constant rain......



#3 zouzoux

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 06:43 PM

Yea but Eddy it's really not about loving or hating rain. I can relate to ahungerf since it's my main symptom too. It's just that a clear blue sky doesn't feel right. It can also happen at night with some light. 
 
Here are some example that I find triggering for my DR:
 
 


#4 Ahungerf

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 09:30 PM

Also at night if the sky is bright or the twilight sunset. My eyes will pick it up between the trees or behind buildings ... It just seems off... only if the sky is really dark does it seem like I can connect to it.

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 03:28 AM

When we are DPed and very anxious our senses are heightened...Its the fight or flight scenario....

 

Things look and appear strange or distant or spacey, loud noises become more deafening, touching things feels odd to hold and touch, food can taste weird and we can smell stuff more intensely.........

 

Our vision becomes heightened along with all our other senses...Its your body and mind alerting you to danger (That isnt really there)

 

Of course as DP sufferers with obsessive behaviours we will focus on the things that seem strange or different to us...

 

Sounds kinda stupidly simple but if the sky and sun seem like they look odd to you dont look at them as intently and as often and DISTRACT your attention with something more pleasant to you...Stay in the shade even as often as you can maybe...

 

The less attention you give it the less troublesome it will become....Eventually it will fade away as a symptom...



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Posted 23 February 2019 - 03:13 PM

Yea heightened vision could be a nice explanation. I no longer have anxiety but somehow it's still here. However while I was on a combo of Antipsychotic and SSRI I felt almost cured and stopped them . it returned a few months later so this time I went back only on SSRI but it didn't help really. So maybe reading the antipsychotic could be interesting 



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Posted 23 February 2019 - 04:18 PM

Yea heightened vision could be a nice explanation. I no longer have anxiety but somehow it's still here. However while I was on a combo of Antipsychotic and SSRI I felt almost cured and stopped them . it returned a few months later so this time I went back only on SSRI but it didn't help really. So maybe reading the antipsychotic could be interesting 

For some including myself SSRIs do nothing unless they are taken in conjunction with an Antipsychotic....

 

The Antipsychotic takes that overwhelming power out of the DP symptoms which allows the SSRI to go to work on the anxiety levels and mood...Thats just been my experience over the years anyway....



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Posted 25 February 2019 - 01:47 PM

When I had derealization bad in 2015 when it was daylight (especially bright sunny days) it made everything look dream like and the only time I felt a lot normal was at night time. My thoery is that with Depersonalization and Derealization the mind is very tired (through constant stress and anxiety) so the mind is having a hard time computing everything in daylight hence the reason everything looks dream like and unreal whereas at night there isn’t much for the eyes and brain to work on. However, now I’m kind of finding night time an uncomfortable experience with my anxiety and panic disorder.

#9 Ahungerf

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 02:03 PM

Artmuzz thank you for your comment. So this symptom eventually did go away as you just paid less attention to it? Eventually you looked outside or at the sky and u felt connected again? Did u notice it reducing or did you have to forget about it for it to go away?

And Eddy thank you as well and I’d like to ask you the exact same question. Thanks guys!!!

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 02:32 PM

Artmuzz thank you for your comment. So this symptom eventually did go away as you just paid less attention to it? Eventually you looked outside or at the sky and u felt connected again? Did u notice it reducing or did you have to forget about it for it to go away?
And Eddy thank you as well and I’d like to ask you the exact same question. Thanks guys!!!


Yeah, the symptom did eventually go away but since I’ve been suffering a lot of stress lately my anxiety and derealization symptoms are coming back but the best way to combat it is to distract yourself, deep breathing and grounding techniques are good and a good diet and exercise. It’s easier said than done but through experience and time this can get better as long as you avoid stressful situations which will cause anxiety, panic attacks and DPDR.

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 07:08 PM

Artmuzz thank you for your comment. So this symptom eventually did go away as you just paid less attention to it? Eventually you looked outside or at the sky and u felt connected again? Did u notice it reducing or did you have to forget about it for it to go away?

And Eddy thank you as well and I’d like to ask you the exact same question. Thanks guys!!!

It eases with time yes....But you have to learn to reduce stress in all areas of your life and take better care of yourself...Its about managing the anxiety and tension levels in your life....Stress leads to Anxiety / Anxiety leads to DP.....Then DP leads to more Stress and more Anxiety....Its a vicious circle.....

 

If you are able for it, its important to focus on positive hobbies and interests that engage your mind....This is exercising your mind in a positive way (DPers know it as DISTRACTION) 

 

I also must again emphasize that alcohol and drugs are a no no when it comes to dealing with any DP symptoms.......That is simply throwing fuel onto a fire thats already burning out of control....They have to be abandoned completely....



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Posted 26 February 2019 - 02:24 AM

If it’s any help for you Ahungerf, I remember watching a video about a guy who suffers DPDR and he was saying that wearing sunglasses reduced his derealization. I tried that myself but didn’t notice any difference. I think at the end of the day it’s reducing stress which is hard in this day and age and having a positive frame of mind which will sort this out for you. Also time is a great healer.




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