solusMember Since 20 Mar 2018
Offline Last Active Jun 23 2018 08:31 PM
I have been through DP/DR several times over the last 20 years, and I am now fully recovered. (See my introductory posts for details.)
In my view, DP/DR is a defense mechanism (a really shitty one!), and is usually triggered by overwhelming stress, anxiety or trauma. It involves the withdrawal of emotions, and results in detachment from reality (self and/or the world). Recovery involves active engagement with life to reconnect the emotions, and in the vast majority of cases this happens naturally. (The dpselfhelp forum members are a rather biased sample.) I have written quite a bit about this which I won't repeat it here. In a small minority of cases, there is an underlying physical cause (e.g., epilepsy) which needs to be addressed.
I recommend looking at Recovery Stories and Most Liked Content. Put what you learn into practice in your life. Avoid reading much about others' anxieties. You need to learn ways to free yourself from anxiety, not new ways to be anxious!
Book recommendation for anxiety and panic attacks
Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Claire Weekes (Slightly dated, but still one of the very best in my opinion.)
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- Age 40 years old
- Birthday August 12, 1980
Korea / UK (recovered)
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