My latest counselor explains it thus: Emotional functioning does affect social functioning. So, since dp/dr negatively affects emotional functioning, social functioning is also negatively impacted. In my case, it is very difficult to find the energy to develop new attachments, since the feelings just are not accessible now.
Yes. Some of us are just keeping on to keep on because we are still breathing. Too bad, and I manage until something negative. Then I just deflate. Today I am really tired of everything. Yes, I have jobs. Yes, I have a dream that I am actively pursuing. But I am very tired...
What about people who get DP as children, due to trauma? They dissociate to cope. So are they 'not living their lives'? There are many who got DP from extreme trauma on this forum, and this post is disrespectful to them.
Also, what about people who get DP after rape, traumatic events, death of a close one etc. There are people who got DP from Post Traumatic Stress, or have Dissociative Identity Diorder, you have to understand that your experience is not the only one.
I really don't know what this thread is trying to achieve. How is this going to be helpful, to some poor kid who's experiencing DP, finds this place, and then sees that 'DP does not exist'. This is going to fuck with their minds even more.
Depersonalisation is a dissociative disorder. It exists, there are logical reasons for it and it goes with therapy/ help.
People that I was very close to before my trauma/anxiety/depression ARE able to see the difference. They note my flatness and lack of involvement now. Others, who didn't know me before don't get it, because they never knew the full me.
If your mother will read the book, get her the book written by Dr. Simon, FEELING UNREAL. Think that's the name. As she reads it, ask her what she has experienced. There are also articles on this site. Then move on from there. If she is suffering from DP/DR, lead her here if you think we can help. Some of us are older--I'm 58 now, had this since I was 46 or so.