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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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Thanks for your replys guys.
This whole DP thing sometimes reminds me of Matrix - there is no spoon. :roll:
Do you think that alcohol could also be the cause for increased DP symptoms?

I was never a heavy drinker, most of the time just a few beers before bed time, 3-4 times a week.

DP symptoms seem to become stronger after I stoped consuming alcohol completely. I hope it's not gonna last long.

Xanax helps indeed
I came up with that question about alcohol since the worst hangovers i've had were with severe anxiety and DP(at the time I did not know what it was, just felt strange like something was not right) symptoms. I haven't took a sip of alcohol for more then a week now and things seem to return to normal a bit.

One doctor also told me that when you need alcohol just to feel normal again, it is considered to be alcoholism. If my DP symptoms are linked to alcohol I might develop a phobia to it, and won't drink ever again, what would suck in a way.
DP probably does not go as far as brain damage, since while the symptoms last the person remains sane and is able to make clear decesions and think properly. DP is a state of mind which can be triggered by either drugs or emotions.
I also have a theory that it could be a skill that humans develop, think about all the strange ideas that came to your mind while being overwhelmed by DP (yes they are scary, but they make sence even when everything is back to normal)
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