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Hoopesy

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Breaking the cycle?

06 July 2012 - 10:09 PM

Hey everyone. I'm actually just in the process of getting over a day of a couple panic attacks. I know this is a common thing amongst anyone with DP, but it seems to me that I'm constantly caught in this cycle of feeling fine for a couple days > an event triggering a hopeless and depressing thought > anxiety building over these thoughts > panic attack > use coping mechanisms like breathing, stopping and replacing the thoughts, seeing family or a friend, etc. > come down from a panic state but still feel depressed > eventually forget about it through distraction or sleep. Then it repeats. over and over again. My depression causes anxiety but my anxiety causes depression. I've learned to handle the panic and come down but it takes awhile to just get over it. How do you guys deal with this problem? How do you stop the depressive thoughts from becoming panic in the first place? I've -finally!- got an appointment to see a therapist this coming Wednesday. I'm excited to finally talk to someone about all of this especially after today's events. Just curious on how anyone with a similar issue copes. Thanks.

Finding a therapist. Help?

24 May 2012 - 05:17 PM

I posted this already in the recovery section of the board. But I'd imagine I'l get more traffic over here. So...yeah. Sorry.

Hey everyone. This is my first post on here in almost a year I think, and I will say quite a year it has been. Taking a break from this forum was for the best though. I have entirely overcame the obsession aspect of DP in all this time. I hardly ever think about the DP itself at all. Very excited to think back on that progress. But unfortunately, this has not made it go away really. It has been over 2 1/2 years since its onset. I just feel that I can handle it better. It's become very clear that simply "forgetting about" DP isnt the real problem here. The real problem is the anxiety and depression that perpetuate my feelings in the first place. Both of these factors have been a growing problem that really escalated around last November. Alot has happened in my family and I's life to grant me the privilege of seeing a therapist again after some time.

But the last time I got to go to therapy was before Depersonalization was even part of my life. I just went to the one my parents found me. I guess im a little lost as to how to find the right therapist for myself. I went onto the ADAA website and located a psychologist within a reasonable distance of myself. His experience and area of expertise is very impressive and im excited to get into contact with him.

However, there's no mention of anything about depersonalization or depersonalized feelings. I tried to look at all the certified therapists I could and not one really mentions it. Not even the ADAA website has an option to find a therapist that has experience in it. Should I email the psych I'm interested in and see if he has experience with DP after all? Or should I maybe start looking less toward anxiety specialists and more toward dissociation specialists?

Just looking to find the best person possible. If you guys have any tips of experience please let me know what I should be doing. Thank you.

Starting to look into therapy again. Help?

23 May 2012 - 09:45 PM

Hey everyone. This is my first post on here in almost a year I think, and I will say quite a year it has been. Taking a break from this forum was for the best though. I have entirely overcame the obsession aspect of DP in all this time. I hardly ever think about the DP itself at all. Very excited to think back on that progress. But unfortunately, this has not made it go away really. It has been over 2 1/2 years since its onset. I just feel that I can handle it better. It's become very clear that simply "forgetting about" DP isnt the real problem here. The real problem is the anxiety and depression that perpetuate my feelings in the first place. Both of these factors have been a growing problem that really escalated around last November. Alot has happened in my family and I's life to grant me the privilege of seeing a therapist again after some time.

But the last time I got to go to therapy was before Depersonalization was even part of my life. I just went to the one my parents found me. I guess im a little lost as to how to find the right therapist for myself. I went onto the ADAA website and located a psychologist within a reasonable distance of myself. His experience and area of expertise is very impressive and im excited to get into contact with him.

However, there's no mention of anything about depersonalization or depersonalized feelings. I tried to look at all the certified therapists I could and not one really mentions it. Not even the ADAA website has an option to find a therapist that has experience in it. Should I email the psych I'm interested in and see if he has experience with DP after all? Or should I maybe start looking less toward anxiety specialists and more toward dissociation specialists?

Just looking to find the best person possible. If you guys have any tips of experience please let me know what I should be doing. Thank you.