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In Topic: will we ever be 100% cured?

18 November 2010 - 09:49 PM

You are not schizphrenic, psychotic, or delusional. You are anxious, that is all. People suffering from schizophrenia do not question if they truly are. And if you were schizophrenic, those "crazy" thoughts that run through your head would feel normal to you, you wouldn't question them, nor worry about them. Anxiety can't lead to schizophrenia, it just doesnt. Anxiety only leads to more anixety. Drugs do lead to schizophrenia, but believe me, your not. Anxiety/Depersonalization/Derealization give you some pretty crazy thoughts, trust me, been there done that. When I was first derealized I questioned everyday whether I was becoming schizophrenic or not, and obviously I'm not, niether are you. Oh and just another thing, the fact that you came onto this website to ask help about how you were feeling, and if your thoughts were crazy, instantly proves your not schizophrenic. If you truly were, you wouldnt question how you were feeling, and you wouldnt be asking others if how you felt was normal because you would truly believe that how you felt was normal.

Take care, Rusko.

Unless THEY are trying to trick you.

In Topic: Can depersonalization be induced by anything different than anxiety?

18 November 2010 - 09:36 PM

Anxiety usually plays a large role in onset, but the relationship is not necessarily cause->effect. I've found that with drug-induced DP/DR, at least based on anecdotal evidence, there was some sort of major panic that occurred during intoxication. Anxiety is definitely involved, but it's not the whole story.

In Topic: :( so upset

19 January 2010 - 12:36 PM

My dp has been 5 months now, maybe more i don't know, maybe I feel a little better but hardly, I still don't know where I am half the time. I'm suppose to be going to see a psychiatrist soon but they have never contacted me, no one gives two shits about it! My girlfriend of 3 years left me today, i'm so low and it is going to make dr/dp so much worse, i feel like this world isn't for me anymore. I am just living on complete autopliot life is passing me by, I read these posts of people suffering for years and I can't hack that. Is this life really for me, I don't know....I have never felt so bad, with anxiety/depression/dp/dr and a relationship break up, it's damn hard, i'm only 21,where do I turn now. :sad2:


Make sure that feeling down doesn't prevent you from getting in touch with a therapist. Assuming that because they haven't called you back doesn't mean they don't care about you. They may have lost your contact info, not realize the seriousness of your situation, etc.

In Topic: :( so upset

19 January 2010 - 12:35 PM

Take a look at all the negatives you just pointed out. I have had DP for over 12 years so I have learned a thing or two of how to live with it. I know how hard a break up can be. I have been there a few times it always tends to make the dissociation much worse for a while. You really need to wake up each morning and think of as many positives as you can as hard as that may be. Write them down that helps me. I have a whole list I look at in the morning.

#1 You have food in your stomach
#2 You have clothes on your back and shelter
#3 I'm sure you do not have too many health problems except of course this damn DP like the rest of us
#4 You are not living a 3rd world country
#5 You are intelligent, most of us with DP are very wise
#6 I bet you have a good sense of humor

Hang in their champ, it will work itself out.

Pointing out the things one should be grateful for or that make one lucky to someone suffering even mild depression usually has the opposite of the intended effect. While you're trying to break the negative thought-cycle by pointing out the positive, what often ends up happening is that the depressed person feels guilty or undeserving.

A: You shouldn't be depressed--there are children starving in Darfur.
B: Goddamnit, what is wrong with me? I should be happy. And people are starving in Darfur. Screw this world.

In Topic: Metacognition

19 January 2010 - 12:27 PM

These are all very common with DP/DR. When you find yourself thinking about thinking, try to get yourself involved in something else...physical activity, a video game, whatever. Getting lost in your own head is not fun. Also, as a side note, people (yes, including "normal" ones) often feel depersonalized when they look in the mirror for an extended amount of time. In fact, in some forms of therapy for panic disorder patients are instructed to look at a mirror until they experience a subjective sense of unreality so that they are less likely to fear the symptoms of extreme anxiety present during panic. A word of advice: avoid (and pardon my French) mindfuck movies/books/etc--Waking Life, Vanilla Sky, and all those kinds of films are not good ideas. Philip K. Dick, Camus, Sartre, even Tolstoy--not a good idea unless you want to think about perception and reality and death.