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I don't know if this is a common symptom of dpdr but I'm afraid of living. I am really sick of the comfort zone yet thinking of changes and improvement makes me so worried. I am starting my first job on Monday and i feel terribly anxious. My derealized brain makes me think about myself as of someone who is incapable of anything and it sticks to past experiences and people. Anything or anyone I've already known is okay, it's just new people and things that are scary. That makes my anxiety worse. Everybody can tell I am upset and my first impression at job interviews is awful, I feel so awkward.
 

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I think that sense of being afraid of living is a symptom of anxiety. That anxiety then feeds into the dpdr which ca make one more anxious. Sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between anxiety and dpdr because they seem so intertwined. Activities, fidget devices, mindfulness and thought redirecting may help calm the anxiety. I am struggling with you ❤
 

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It's important to understand the difference between helpful anxieties and unhelpful anxieties

For example, your right to be nervous on your first day. You don't want to walk in full of confidence and make a massive mistake and lose your job. The anxiety is there to help you take a minute and think things through. Decide who you work with, who you can trust.

The important bit is to not catastrophise and allow you to enjoy your new experience where you could make new friends for life.

Use mindfulness and grounding techniques to help if you feel your thoughts are racing

But most of all enjoy it :)
 
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