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Hey, I know I am not alone in the fact that when I went into DR, It stayed, unlike many people who suffer panic attacks with bouts of DP/DR, I don't really have panic attacks, not since I read what they were, I only started getting nasty panic attacks AFTER I went into DR, because I had no idea what was wrong, and thought my Brain has a disease etc and so started the jolting awake, thinking I was about to die/lose consciousness etc etc ETC!

Question: how would you describe the DR state of consciousness?

I would say, its like my consciousness is detached from my environment and surroundings, like my mind is no longer connected to the world around me, almost like I am less conscious than before.

Question: Is the best way to beat this condition to ignore it? and pay no attention to it as best as possible? or is there something else I should be doing, it is quite strong and hard to ignore, (because when my eyes are open, I can see how detached I am from my surroundings, and it just feels like my brain is STRAINING to reconnect to its environment, but if enough people tell me this is what I should do, (IGNORE IT) I will put everything I have into paying ZERO attention and thinking about everything else BUT how odd the world looks.

Question: just so this makes a bit more sense to me, is it possible I went into DR after a prolonged stressful period!? because I was getting on with my life no awareness that I had Anxiety/Depression etc, I thought I was fine, but I DID go through some very difficult times, and then something really stressed me out and BANG (it happened suddenly siting in front of my computer checking an e-mail that I REALLY did not want to read) I felt my head go, and that was that, I thought I had a virus at first, after going to the doctors and saying that the world seems to have gone surreal, because I had complaints of a chest infection/cough shortly before, I was told its probably Viral (Given anti-biotics etc two courses! because the cough never went and is still here now, 4 months later) so can a continuous state of stress/worry bring on a 24/7 state of DR!?

Thoughts on all this? :?
 

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I find that paying attention to it does nothing but make it worse. I try to shun it away by distracting myself by paying attention to other things. As my shrink would say - here and now, that's all you need to pay attention to.

Do yourself a favour and ignore it.
 

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Hi Somebodyelse,

Yep, definitely ignore it to the best of your ability. And if you should see it, acknowledge it as a symptom of your disorder and move right along. Under no circumstances invite IT in for tea. :wink:

It is a challenge to do this. It took me a long time because we want so bad to understand it. We have understood most everything else in our lifetime, why can't we understand, fix it and go about our lives? Sigh...I don't know. But trying to contemplate on it only feeds the damn beast.

It could have hit you at the computer. It could have been lurking around for a while. Who knows? It's good not to try and think of this one either. I guess it sounds like I'm basically offering advice of just don't think, huh? Yeah, don't think and don't open your eyes. :lol:

I think Milan's shrink had great advice, as did Milan. Ignore it. The longer you work on this skill the better you will get at it. It does take time and there will still be times when it will be there. Hopefully you will have gotten to a place where it does not cause you anxiety and you can acknowledge it and move on.

Good luck!
 
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I think it is important to try to keep functioning even when you feel like you need to run and hide. I've been told by many people that they can't tell or that I just looked tired. I too typically only have panic attacks after it happens. I also feel extremely exhausted after it passes. Anyone else? I have felt it consistantly to a lesser degree for the last seven years, but what makes me hate my life is when it is sudden and intense. I just started Lamictal because my sister has had luck with it and Wellbutrin because it has helped with depression in the past. Klonopin as well. Depression and anxiety definatly factor in on how bad it feels. This is only my third week of Lamictal. It doses up very slowly but I'll let you know if it makes a difference once I'm at the right dose. Hang in there. It will get better.
 
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Hola,

"DITTO" what Milan said...I couldn't agree more. Well, I suppose I could but that would just seem weird.

Tony
 

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Hello somebodyelse, firstly I think stress does play a big part in this condition The few memories I do have of being a child pre-d/p d/r make me believe that. You described the state of conciousness exactly as I would.As to ignoring this condition for me personally it might be easier if there weren't the difficulties regarding social situations.Trying to talk to somebody when i'm not sure if they're really there -or if i'm really really there just reinforces the feelings of depersonalization(and it's friends anxiety&panic)
 

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Hi Darsan.Definitely try to get on with your life as best as possible.Most of us on this board had dp/dr triggered by stress;either traumatic events or unrealistic expectations.So as Oasis once wrote;dont look back in anger.It was going to happen anyway.Treatment and successful recovery is covered widely on this board,look under the specific headdings or type in a search term for your topic.It can be done.
 

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I know for me that i feel much better distracted, as do most people, because we arent hyperfocusing on it. Also, stress started mine after i had a really bad acid trip. thus, my doc said my body was making far too much cortisol (the stress hormone) and so i had to work out and eat right in order to be balanced again. Im getting better, but paying attention only perpetuates it. Since its a thought disorder, it really doesnt help to GIVE IN to the thoughts and allow them that much power. Just roll with it, as hard as that sounds.
 

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just try to keep on keeping and ignore the symptom but try and get some counselor to help you get it together on any issues you might have.

The worst part is the sudden pop up, of AM I REAL.. Its a crazy thought but that is all it is.. is a thought...
 

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my dr isn't usually caused by anxiety either (though it can be). i don't usually have anxiety with my dr unless it is really bad. usually, i just ignore the symptoms and they go away shortly. if i focus on it too much, it hangs around and becomes worse and worse.
 
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