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how many on here who are recovering or indeed have recovered have gone on to lead a social life without behaving like a saint...when i say living like a saint i meen does this meen a lifetime of slippers and knitted cardigans in order to keep the beast away...
 

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No it doesn't JC. It's about changing the way you think, the way you behave, the consequences of whatever it is that makes you feel the way that you do.
 

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the thing is im quite a logical thinker,well ive had to learn the hard way its only through being logical that i can manage my hysterical panic moments...but how do i think myself out of feeling unreal ?
 

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Think of "feeling unreal" as a normal experience that everyone has from time to time. It comes to absolutely everyone -- but it comes swiftly and leaves even faster.

However, when you focus on "feeling unreal" -- just like when you focus for a long time on a word, for example, like the word that appears in larger type below -- a distortion is after a while introduced that skews your ability to discern meaning or sense of any kind in that word.

Stare at this word (please note that you have to stare at least 30 seconds):

house

What happened when you stared at the word?

Didn't the word lose its meaning entirely?

Weren't you staring at meaningless squiggles on the screen?

Didn't it feel weird to have the thought that you were looking at a common English word that suddenly had no meaning to you?

Didn't it feel weird that the letters themselves started to look meaningless?

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If the experiment here didn't work, try it on another word, any word -- anywhere.

The same thing happens when you focus on feeling unreal.

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ive spent the past four years trying to focus outwards and yet my mind turns in again and again....i understand entirely what youre saying and i try my best to ignore this feeling/thought....infact is this unreality a feeling or a thought ?
this is a horrible affliction and its hard some days to stay strong,i will try somedays to venture further and further on my bike and i still get to a point where my mind turns inwards then the normal bodily actions happen and i tell myself to be strong but i just end up in this bubble of panic
 

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person3 said:
who do you hang out with jc? who are your close friends?
due to my illness ive lost most of my friends or rather theyve gone off and had babies and got married...believe me when i say that the phone would always be ringing but now nothing at all,which i cant blame them because i never really wanted to venture far even when i was 'well'
i visit a neighbour now and again but thats about it
 
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since all of this has happened, surprsingly I haven't lived very positive at all. last year i was sellin drugs & hangin around with people who weren't too positive, all while feeling weird as hell. I still hang with some people like this but I really don't take part in any more illegal activities. But still Ive been involved in quite a few negative situations over the past few months. I need to get back on track
 
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