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I a new here and just trying to understand this DP a little more.

What distinguishes it from depression or anxiety?

Is there a cure or chance of recovery or do you think that we should just start fighting it and accept it as who we are?

Did anyone ever find a therapist that specializes in DP? If so, where do you find one?

Is DP heridetary? (I am fearful for my daughter)

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From what I gather, most peoples DP/DR is linked with anxiety - it's an escape mechanism I think. And a form of self defence for your mind.

Have you ever felt like this before?
 

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i think the only thing you can do to treat dp/dr, is to take away the negative feelings and axiety associated with the disorder. that is what i'm working on right now.
 

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well, it's certainly not easy. before dp/dr i never had anxiety so i never developed any relaxation techniques. one of the best and easiest for me is to just focus on my breathing for a few seconds...this is especially good when i have derealization. i visualize the breath being "reality" and it does ground me. i also, unfortunately, smoke...i'd like to quit but it helps me sooooooooo much to smoke when i'm feeling panicked. sometimes just changing my environment (turning a light off or on, going outside for a minute, going for a quick walk around my room, etc...) can really help.

i also try to do yoga during the week, for a more long term treatment.
 

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Mr mole, nope you are not the only one. For me also, I beleive the depression and anxiety I sometimes suffer is from the DP not the cause. Because I can feel DP but yet not feel anxious or depressed.
 
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Thanks Chris :)

Do you find that it is almost beyond words? Also, I find that the weather and just the 'mood' of a situation can affect me. I hate 'grey' days, and the horrible oragne black tint the sky has at night when it is cloudy, due to the streetlights.

Sorry for waffling, I'm just trying to get a handle on things any way can.
 

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Yes, it is beyond words. The closest description I found was on this website. I also find that a siuation or the weather will increase the DP or start it. KWIM? It just strange. Something I almost can put my finger on but can't
 
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chris51 said:
Yes, it is beyond words. The closest description I found was on this website. I also find that a siuation or the weather will increase the DP or start it. KWIM? It just strange. Something I almost can put my finger on but can't
That so working out :lol: YIKWYMM - Yep I know what you mean mate :lol:

So the weather affects you as well? This I have definately had since I was little, I know that. Grey weather just makes me feel so...'barren'. Lonely and down. There's something else but I can't put my finger on it.
 

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i think the only thing you can do to treat dp/dr, is to take away the negative feelings and axiety associated with the disorder. that is what i'm working on right now.
My opinion is that this works. But I also think that it would be better to try and find why did you reacted like this (by developing DP/DR). Maybe this time it will never happen again. But is it possible? (to find out why you reacted like this)
 

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agentcooper said:
i think the only thing you can do to treat dp/dr, is to take away the negative feelings and axiety associated with the disorder. that is what i'm working on right now.
My opinion is that this works. But I also think that it would be better to try and find why did you reacted like this (by developing DP/DR). Maybe this time it will never happen again. But is it possible? (to find out why you reacted like this)
But what if you don't know? I mean for me I felt like this as long as I can remember. Soemthing traumatic in my childhood? I wasn't physically or sexually abused. SO what trauma happened that put my true self away? KWIM? How would I find that out anyway? I wonder if it's possible to find out what event took place that triggered DP, for people like me who had it a LONG TIME?
 
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chris51 said:
brainsilence02 said:
agentcooper said:
i think the only thing you can do to treat dp/dr, is to take away the negative feelings and axiety associated with the disorder. that is what i'm working on right now.
My opinion is that this works. But I also think that it would be better to try and find why did you reacted like this (by developing DP/DR). Maybe this time it will never happen again. But is it possible? (to find out why you reacted like this)
But what if you don't know? I mean for me I felt like this as long as I can remember. Soemthing traumatic in my childhood? I wasn't physically or sexually abused. SO what trauma happened that put my true self away? KWIM? How would I find that out anyway? I wonder if it's possible to find out what event took place that triggered DP, for people like me who had it a LONG TIME?
I've been thinking along exactly the same lines. I had some shitty child hood experiences - but no abuse I remember. My Dad could be nasty but I never got the living shit kicked out of me or anything. I'm beginning to wonder if the roots are physical, after Googling 'Temporal Lobe Epilepsey'.
 

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Interesting Mrmole. I always the same, Is it physical? I was once asked by a therapist if I ever had any type of head trauma.
 
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Interesting Mrmole. I always the same, Is it physical? I was once asked by a therapist if I ever had any type of head trauma.
I honestly don't know - maybe I've always been naturally prone to this - and this has just evolved throughout the course of my life. I have had head injuries but then, who hasn't?
 

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Interesting Mrmole. I always the same, Is it physical? I was once asked by a therapist if I ever had any type of head trauma.
Since the therapist asked, then there must be cases related to physical damage. But I have done all kinds of brain and neuro ("nerves" ...is this how you call it in English?) test and all was ok (except my pocket, it costed around 1000 bucks).
 

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I honestly do not know what has caused mine either. There isn't really one instance where I can remember it starting. I mean, I read how alot of people can distinctly remember the first time it hit. For me it has been more gradual. I don't have any abuse in my past either and had a wonderful upbrining. I wonder if I am not remembering something that happened. But you would think that if my brain is protecting me from something, I would be able to remember what it is.

As far as physical, I tumbled down one of the highest sanddunes in the US when I was like 12 years old. I wonder if that did anything. If so, I am sure I would have like memory loss and/or other physical pains.

All I know is the reason why it keeps getting worse is cause we think about it constantly. But how do you not think of something that is so horrible. That's almost like telling me to ignore a pain in my leg. Ya just can't do it that easily.

Oh, and it is remarkable how we can't explain it to others or we have a difficulty trying to explain it. As horrible as a feeling that it is, we can't describe it. That itself is scary enough.

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