DP can be absolutely crippling and make you retreat into yourself and withdraw from a lot of responsibilities. I wondered if there are many people who have it chronically and have had it for so long that they are used to it and work stressful jobs despite the DP and take on new challenges even when it flares up the DP really badly. Anyone out there like that? I don't know where I would categorise myself. I do feel restricted by DP. It means I have avoided a lot of situations. I do work full time in an office and am in a senior role though and it has it's pressures. I'm about to move onto a new job and it's stressing the hell out of me. I don't know if i should be doing this or choosing a much more restricted life instead. It's striking that balance of facing your fears while not overwhelming yourself too much. I know that DP is ultimately there only as a defence mechanism so I try to keep reminding myself of that. Even though I'm not being chased by a bloody tiger, I'm in an office, but my nervous system seems to think otherwise.