More than likely people don't think to come back and post their progress after having already posted a time or two.
Personally I am interested in doing it. I think I will see if I can get the referral from my doctor and try to do it under my insurance. Probably won't happen til after the new year though, as I'm busy.
Like Autonomic Space Monkey said, it would be steep to do in Chicago for $2000 + flight + hotel for something that may or may not work.
Wish we could get a group of say 10+ people from here to try it and compare results.
Yeah I think its kind of messed up that people don't report back on something that has the potential to be so revolutionary for DP/DR sufferers.
Even if the results were negative, and its not as exciting to post about or pleasant, at least do others the courtesy before they shell out thousands to possibly have the same experience.
I'm so sorry you feel this way. We all know from experience how terrifying, awful and humbling this is. However I implore you to reconsider such a life changing decision as suicide.
I have been a member of this site since April 2012. In that time, I have seen members I became personal friends with end their lives. I have also seen members I became personal friends with improve, earn degrees, raise children, get well paying jobs. The list goes on.
I cannot help but think that if the friends I have made on this site who chose to end it all, had persevered a few days, weeks, months, years longer, they could have seen improvement, and a life that they enjoy.
Keep soldiering on brother. I wish you the absolute best. Keep us updated. You're not alone.
I would say that recovery from DP/DR is similar to losing weight when you're morbidly obese.
When you're extremely heavy weight, it is easy to drop weight, the weight flies off. Once you get to a more reasonable weight, your weight loss begins to slow down. Some people even reach a plateau that takes time to get over, doesn't mean it never happens though.
I know it is a physical phenomenon and not psychological, but the parallels between our physiology and psychology are plentiful. Give it more time, continue living your life, and most of all don't force it.
I'm glad you cut the substances you were abusing out of your life. I think that is key to a lot of DP/DR sufferers. I recovered once before, shortly after onset of DP/DR (although mine is marijuana induced), and a large element of my recovery was sobriety.
I also like that you increased your physical activity. I lift weights 5 days a week, and I can tell you that it definitely without a doubt boosts your energy levels, mental acuity, and decreases anxiety/stress. I think its instrumental in improving any psychiatric disorder/symptom.
As far as the vitamin deficiency, I haven't ever gotten my levels checked. I just don't have the money to spare to get everything checked across the board. I have heard great things about it from you and others though.
Anyways, hope you continue to do well, best wishes.
I am. I recently regained my faith this past December. Good to be back.
Why would people want to rely entirely on "god"? This is something that I have never ever understood about Christian attitudes. Wouldn't you want to be able, self-reliant and have the skill set to survive. I'm just asking.
I suggest taking ashwagandha,l-theanine and magnesium everyday. I know a lot of people discount supplements, but these are the ones that helped the most when I was going through alcohol withdrawal - same shit, different drug.
I'm definitely open to any solution. I've always been wary of supplements though, as I've heard mixed reviews about many.
How much did it help? Yeah benzos and alcohol act on the same receptors. I came off alcohol around the same time I came off benzos.
I found L-Theanine the only supplement that helps me become calmer. So yes, recommended for sure.
How well did it work for you?
EDIT: After further research I've come to the conclusion that I don't want to pursue using l-theanine to cope. It is unregulated, so I don't really know what I'd be getting. It is also psychoactive, and I don't want to add that into the mix, as I'm trying to get my brain back to normal functioning.
As some of you may know I was put on Lamictal/Lamtrogine around the 29th of December. So I've been on it for about a month and some change.
I was on Klonopin for 2 and a half years, and got off that about a week before I got prescribed Lamictal. So far so good. I never thought in a million years I would be able to function without the benzo, and Lamictal seems to be doing the job.
I'm not at baseline yet as I'm still in the acute phase of Benzodiazepine withdrawal, which usually lasts till about the 3-4 month mark, so I'm not going to review the effects in detail as I don't think it'd be completely accurate.
Just wondering about everyone else's experience with Lamictal, since I can't accurately tell what the full positive effects may be once I'm out of the benzo withdrawal funk. Did it help you? What dose did it help you at? I'm on 100mg once a day right now.
I'm a pretty bad alcoholic. I've been sober for about 4 going on 5 days now.
Let me tell you that it can and will stunt your progress in recovery from DP/DR long term.
I drank my way through DP for a solid 4 years, and I can honestly say it has affected me detrimentally in mental, physical, and emotional ways all across the board. Intensified DP/DR, ruined relationships (and we're not just talking friends and family), lost jobs, etc. .
You will be fine just from getting hammered one night. Stay away from the stuff, follow the above posters advice, and you will level out and regain that progress you were talking about in no time at all.
Just continue what you were doing and view this as a minor slip up. Please do not make my mistakes, or the mistakes of many other sufferers of mental illness. Don't go down that path.
I'm glad someone posted about this. I might have to have an inguinal hernia surgery sometime in the future and was always nervous about this issue.
I was so nervous about it that the last time I had any remotely invasive medical procedure (dental in this case), I wasn't put under anesthesia and was just given a local numbing agent. I was getting a wisdom tooth out.
Hypocritically enough I wasn't as opposed to the percocet they gave me that lasted till the week after the procedure haha.