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#620106 Endocannabinoid Overload

Posted by Where on 02 August 2020 - 10:57 PM

I still describe DP as feeling high all the time.

#619820 A small survey to SSRi: Did it helps you or worsened your numbing ?

Posted by Where on 23 July 2020 - 12:48 AM

Note to anyone replying, it's important to take SSRIs and SNRIs consistently for four to six weeks before expecting benefits. I've never taken them that long.

#619582 I have had DP/DR for 12 years and have found ways to recover and thrive again

Posted by Where on 15 July 2020 - 01:27 PM

This video is interesting, informative, and easy to watch. I hope it goes into recommended videos and autoplay. I'm looking forward to your upcoming videos and I hope many people from DPSH watch them.

Some suggestions: the audio is a bit unbalanced and the bass seems to be blowing out if that's the right word. About depersonalization's rareness, 'rare' is relative, and there are many possible reasons clinicians neglect depersonalization. Schizophrenia is thought to be in about 1% of the population, but I think clinicians are generally readier to identify and treat it.

#619454 What is sexual attraction when depersonalized, how does it affect relationshi...

Posted by Where on 11 July 2020 - 03:13 PM

If you love your partner and care about them but aren't infatuated with them all of the time, that's probably fine. Depersonalization can cause a disturbing sense of emptiness, though. Luckily, I didn't have depersonalization symptom set for much longer than a year. The mental fogginess and derealization were more persistent, but I don't think that set of symptoms has to interfere with relationships. If I were to start dating "seriously," as in looking for a fiancé, I might worry about the consequences of being diagnosed with a mental illness and letting them know that. Maybe half of people would opt not to date someone diagnosed with a mental illness. People deserve to know about who they're dating, though. They deserve an opportunity to make an informed decision.

#619342 Real vs not real

Posted by Where on 08 July 2020 - 08:20 PM

Life is like a dream in many ways. We take sensory input and filter it through our perception in order to construct our views of reality. If we perceive something with our senses, we usually believe it, but sometimes we're capable of doubt, and maybe even get stuck in cycles of doubt. Some people think that rational, skeptical, and scientific thinking involves only believing in the material world and the things we can see, but it's actually more philosophical than that. The scientists and mathematicians who try to further understanding of our universe often ask themselves the same questions you have in this thread. It's part of the human experience and part of being an intelligent being, the awareness that the nature of our world might allude us, and that our perceptions can deceive us. Here are some links to videos I remember about the topic. The first one is a clip from an interview with Elon Musk about the theory we could be in a simulation, and the second is a famous three and a half hour lecture by Alan Watts called The Joker. The third is the debut episode of a pop science show called The Brain with David Eagleman.


Are We in a Simulation? - Elon Musk



Alan Watts, "The Joker"



The Brain with David Eagleman episode 1: What is reality?


#619306 A koan about DPSH and mental health professions

Posted by Where on 07 July 2020 - 08:00 PM

Can you imagine a forum where people with cardiovascular health problems all hang out and, in absence of any effective treatment, speculate about the nature of their illnesses?

#619284 Lyme or other tickborne illness causing dpdr?

Posted by Where on 06 July 2020 - 03:49 PM

Does chronic lyme need to exist for there to be neurological symptoms, or just lyme that goes untreated or unsuccessfully treated long enough to cause damage? I haven't read much about chronic lyme, so I couldn't really debate about it if I wanted to. I know many alternative medicine practitioners are satisfied saying lyme is something that can lie dormant for long periods of time and stealthily cause problems. They offer treatments like acupuncture and chiropracty, which to my knowledge have nothing to do with infections, though they're marketed as cure-alls. The imprecise results and different meanings of the lyme tests also seem confusing.

The things that were going on in my life when I got chronic depersonalization are pretty clearly triggers due to their timing: severe anxiety, insomnia, and rapid benzodiazepine withdrawal. I didn't have depersonalization as a syndrome or whatever until all of these things happened in the span of a few weeks.

#618816 psychological model of a cognitive or mental human process in normal and dysf...

Posted by Where on 19 June 2020 - 09:40 PM

I like how you chose the positive beliefs thoughtfully. They're not too unrealistic, abstract, or long term, and they don't seem like they would conflict with the vicious circle beliefs.

#618734 A question about personality disorders

Posted by Where on 17 June 2020 - 01:01 PM

They do. My medical file lists “tobacco use disorder” as one of my many diagnoses.

I was going to say it's funny that part of society consider tobacco use a disorder while another part encourage it, but thinking about it more I realize it's mundane. The same thing is with junk food and overeating. And if a person gets drunk alone regularly, they're maybe considered an alcoholic, while doing so with other people is condoned.

#618312 Medication / Any advice for me?

Posted by Where on 31 May 2020 - 06:21 PM

If you decide to take meds, and you want to minimize the risks, make sure your prescriber is knowledgeable, caring, and grounded in reality. Psychiatrists are in high demand, so you might have to look thoroughly for quality treatment.

#618238 How do you find the cause?

Posted by Where on 29 May 2020 - 05:56 PM

I had insomnia, severe anxiety, bad life events (concerns about safety), and rapid benzodiazepine withdrawal with physical dependence when I became DPed. It was the "perfect storm" of stressful circumstances. Who knows what DP is? All we know is that DPed people are at least somewhat different in the way we function neurologically.

#618210 Memes? Or jokes?

Posted by Where on 29 May 2020 - 11:07 AM

Whos there?

Nothing but a shallow husk. I run from the terror, but soon it will find me and I will be destroyed. Don't let me inside.

#618186 My fight with existential and solipsism OCD

Posted by Where on 28 May 2020 - 05:54 PM

I am pretty alone, solipsism aside, and it does affect my feeling of purpose. Maybe basing my feeling of purpose on others is foolish, but I'm not sure there's an easy alternative. Frankly, I've become pretty run down by modern life and unsuccessfully managed psychological problems. Do you relate to this at all, Ivleo?

#618168 Memes? Or jokes?

Posted by Where on 28 May 2020 - 02:29 PM

Knock knock

#618102 masturbation

Posted by Where on 26 May 2020 - 03:13 PM

I don't think post-orgasm malaise is a permanent condition or that nofap would cure DP.