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My first encounter with DP came about 10 years ago after a very bad (and my last) experience with a controlled substance. Even after all this time, my psychiatrist has yet to even make mention of DP. Had it not been for my own investigation on the net I would still be in the dark regarding this disorder.
You can understand the joy I felt when I learned the thoughts I was having were shared with many other people. Until now, I have never made mention of the numb fog which separates me from the steadfast reality my friends and family take for granted.
As I read the list of symptoms that accompany DP, I found myself nodding along in disbelief. Not recognizing myself in the mirror, lack of emotion, anxiety, etc., all things I have experienced (some more than others) at one time or another. I?m sure many of you understand my hesitation in discussing these topics with anyone.
I invite you now to e-mail me with your own experiences. I know very little about the treatment options, but I am an expert when it comes to coping with this disorder in an everyday setting. Despite the limitations DP has tried to impose on me, I have gone on to become a successful professional and college graduate. This network of like-minded individuals will be one of the many tools I utilize in my recovery. I hope I might be able to help others with my story.

Jason Patton

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Welcome to the board, Jason.

This place is rife with information on the subject...straight up and vicariously through forums and stories.

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Hey Jason

Welcome to the board. I'm sorry to hear that you walked through this DP maze without direction for so long. Indeed it's frustrating to have no idea what is making you feel disconnected and wierd. I hope that you can take some useful tools from other members to help get you through this difficult disorder. We are all in this thing together. Some of us have recovered completely, and others continue to struggle. The "upside" to this disorder is that it is not permanent, and with the right therapy and behavioral changes it goes away. At any rate, welcome and good luck in your move to get well. Take care and hang in there.

Ken
 
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I had the same feeling of "joy" when I happened to leaf through a DSM and noticed the criteria for Depersoanlization Disorder. i had been diagnosed as a number of other things but always found myself wondering, "Are you sure? That doesn't sound like me." It was a relief to figure it out once and for all.
 
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I have been *this* for three years and I still have yet to adjust. I would like to know sometime more in depth how you have learned to deal with it.
 
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