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Anxiety is the problem?

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The first time when I had this DP trip was when I smoked marijuana, gee that was the worst panic attack at the same time that I have ever had.

I could feel that my conciousness has left the body and death was awaiting for me somewhere nearby. It all seemed very true, although I still could think rationally, questioning myself - WTF is going on. Because of all those side effects I could never experience the real high from smoking marijuana, if such exists, maybe some people seem to enjoy these DP trips, but I don't. Last time I smoked pot was about 3-4 months ago and experienced pretty much the same thing again, except now I knew what it was and how to cope with it.

One website suggests that DP's primary cause is constant anxiety, if you cure it, DP will dissapear. I can see the link between those two, the more anxiety I get the stronger DP symptoms become over me.

I got prescribed to take Xanax. 0.25mg twice a day. I ve been taking it only for 2 days and feel some relief from anxiety.

Has anyone else here had a positive experience with XANAX to cure DP?
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hi all,

I agree with rula, although i know a lot of people on here disagree with it. I think anxiety causes dp. I think if you look at things that make the dp worse, you'll notice that they are a direct result of inducing the physical symptoms of anxiety (ex. alcohol exacerbates anxiety, therefore one feels more dped when they drink heavily). And i think that if one can conquer the anxiety (not through numbing it with drugs, but by actually coping with it naturally), then one will quash the DP.

re. drugs. I think they have their place in terms of "taking the edge off", and as a quick fix in the worst of times. But i would be very wary of relying on them for a long term fix, if DP/anxiety is your only problem. Frankly, i even found SSRIs just made me feel worse, if anything at all. I've never even tried a Benzo before.

Anyway, just my opinion...

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jft said:
I hate to say it, but I found beer to be a friend when nothing else worked. I am fairly ignorant of neurochemistry, but I assumed that alcohol "worked" the same brain parts as benzoes. Beer does not necessarily cure the immediate symptoms for me, it seems to alter them to a manageable level.
Oh, i agree. I'm not saying that i don't drink. I consume oodles of wine on a nightly basis....well, maybe not oodles, but a few glasses a night. The trick, though, is not to overdo it. I hate to sound like a "Stay Sober" commercial, but if you can control how much you drink it can actually help, in the sense that it relaxes and soothes. But if i, for one, go past the limit...i mean, sure i feel great that night...but the next day, the aftermath is dreadful, and it exentuates the anxiety to a great degree. It's a biophysical fact, i think it promotes anxiety immediately, but our brain is so overwhelmed with the intoxicating effect that it over powers the anxiety....but when that wears off, the next day, the anxiety lingers. That's all i meant.

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