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Does talking to people reduce your DP/DR?
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In my experience talking to others helps to significantly alleviate the symptoms of my DP/DR. Sometimes it gets rid of it completely, but sometimes it comes in waves/flashes even when I'm talking to people. I'm curious to know to what degree socializing improves others conditions.
 

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I totally understand it comes in waves for me too, but it is only certain people. If i find myself looking at their eyes talking for a long time I start to feel the dimensions of the room and start to feel aware of the space between us. It happened when i used to talk to my counselor in high school, my advisor in college and chem lab partner in college. Used to happen with my dad but we don't sit and talk for long periods of time anymore so I haven't felt that for a long while. I always wish we can continue talking just so I can see where the feeling goes, but I always have to leave the session or w/e. I remember watching Marina Abromavics piece 'The Artist is Presesnt" where she just looks into different people's eyes for months. That I feel would be a good therapy, I guess because a lot of the time we feel like we cannot connect If I could meet someone to do that with no judgement it would be an experiment.
 

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Yes, but only with certain people, and certain types of conversation. Casual chat about life, and abstract things like politics and ideas make it better. My family yelling at me because I'm a black sheep who lives at his parents and doesn't have a career or anything certainly doesn't make it any better.
 

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If I'm in the middle of an episode, I've never had a chat of any kind snap me out of it. I just have to soldier on. However, if the episode is not too intense, then it can kind of be distracted from? I don't know if that's the right word. Especially if someone has managed to change my mood - i.e. if someone starts making me laugh it can fend off a mild experience of DP/DR.
 
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