And while I'm on the subject, I'd like to just say this:
I don't think the feelings attributed to DP or DR or even anxiety are always -- and I stress "always" -- an illness in and of themselves. I think that what is often an illness is the inability to accept the range of feelings that human beings normally have.
I think many, many people here do not have organic problems at all but psychological problems.
I'd much rather tame the debilitating aspects of anxiety with psychological tools than drugs, but I have Ativan here if I'm ever in a bad way that I can't get out of using psychological/spiritual tools.
I think that when we are NOT anxious or depressed, we should take a bit of time and consciously acknowledge to ourselves that the feelings that we call anxiety and depression and depersonalization are really scary feelings. I think this helps keep things calmer. What I'm saying is that I think that if when we feel terrific we never think about how we felt, we are somehow "running" from the fear by not remembering it. As long as we "run" from the fear, it will continue to pursue us, so I think that when we are not scared is the time to bring to mind that we really know what "being scared" is like and we accept consciously that we really did feel that way. If we do this when we feel GOOD, we are strengthening our ability to shake off the scary feelings. At least that's how it seems to me. I suppose what I've just written probably doesn't make sense to anyone else but me. I guess I'm saying that when we are scared it's so hard -- it's impossible, actually -- to FACE the feelings because we are sooooo scared out of our minds. But only by facing the scariness of it can we TAME the feelings that are dogging us. Still, I fear, I am not able to express this properly. I give up, but maybe some of it came through coherently. I am just trying to say that it helped me not to push out of my mind the horrible experiences I've had when I finally feel good. It helps to remember and feel the difference and to say consciously, "I want THIS, not THAT." I believe that that autosuggestion has great power -- immense power -- to sort of innoculate us against anxiety to a degree. But maybe I'm just babbling nonsense, I don't know. That's okay; I obviously needed to say this, even if only for myself. If anyone identifies, that's great. :lol: