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Am i the only one above who isn't from the UK? That is honestly weird. I'm Scottish back down my family line. Wonder if it's something genetic. Do Asians, etc. ever report DP?
 

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My family's from Scotland originally too, but that might just be a coincidence as there have been people here from all over the world. I heard there's actually a dissociation website like this one in China.
 

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Am i the only one above who isn't from the UK? That is honestly weird. I'm Scottish back down my family line. Wonder if it's something genetic. Do Asians, etc. ever report DP?
Yes and I wouldn't be surprised. Japan would seem like the ideal hot-spot for these kinds of conditions. In fact, my theory is that individualistic societies are more prone to disassociation disorders and other pathological problems. Of course, it's a weak theory backed by nothing but my intuition and some mild research on the subject.

It does seem to coincide and the correlation is often persistent.

Some other explanations which hinder a proper assessment of DP:

Social-cultural barrier:

Some countries may not fully understand this disorder as its prevalence is almost null thus inhibiting any funding for research in that area.

Cultural norms:

Some countries are much more conservative than others. Japan, China and South Korea are very conservative about their emotions. In many Japanese households, families don't even talk about conflicts or problems. This strong avoidance for family issues can impact how the individual expresses themselves publicly.
Often the person has a hard time expressing what they feel especially if it is not a norm to outwardly express oneself.

Language relativity:

Every language is unique and every person is unique as well.

Language impacts how we see the world so even our upbringing can influence how we see the world and how we describe the external and internal.

There has been cases (in this forum as well) were individuals didn't know they had DP for years!
 

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Please tell me you have found ways to live with this and actually improved over time...
For the most part it is controlled with medicine...So my symptoms (which still come and go) are nowhere near as overwhelming as they once were...

Also over time I have just learned to live as best I can with it...I have desensitized myself to alot of the symptoms over the years...

Work, socialising, hobbies, etc etc....For the most part I can get on with stuff and even enjoy it......Im a regular 6 out of 10 once I keep my stress levels in check...

I dont drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or take drugs anymore...I eat better, walk alot, work part time and bury myself in my hobby....

I am living proof that the right medicine can give you your life back....Ive been on the same low dose of anti psychotic medicine for many years with no issues...

Yes DP has restricted me in certain areas of my life but honestly I can actually live a reasonably normal life....Ive travelled alot, worked for many years, got married, etc etc etc....I refuse to let DP stop me from doing anything nowdays because I have found a balance between work, rest and play in my life....

Now having said all this if you took my medicine away I would sink and burn in an instant.....The other thing I do to keep myself in check is avoid stress....It was always extremely stressful worrying situations that threw me back into DP hell (yes ive had a few relapses over the years)

Honestly I gave up looking for the Eutopia DP free life years ago....It just wont ever exist for me....So I accepted that DP will be with me for life but well under control with the aid of medicine...I found when I stopped fighting this condition it eased....

BUT!!!! without medicine Im f****d.....
 

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Ireland here....Not UK.... LOL

Us irish get a bit upset when we are told we are part of the british isles :p
It's all a bit confusing. Scotland wants to remain, England wants to bail, you have a love-hate relationship with the EU...smh. Interestingly, I have a British guy as my avatar. Remind me again what "low dose anti psychotic" you take?
 

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Sulpiride 200mg once a day (Always take it first thing in the morning) Its known as Dolmatil in this part of the world...

Strangely its not available in the USA (Not FDA approved) But its freely available all over Europe...

The only decent psychiatrist I ever dealt with tried me on it way way back and within a week I was getting better...

Ive often thought about contacting that man again to discuss this with him as he was the only guy who could understand what I was talking about when I was really ill back then...He was the only person to use the word Depersonalization....And at the time it was his idea to try me on what was a new drug at the time (Sulpiride)....

Unfortunately the man is either long retired or has passed away....

Have often thought to myself that more of us here in "The British Isles" and Europe should give this drug a shot....Ive actually not heard of many people trying it....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulpiride
 

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It is now my belief and has been for some time that the Dompamine irregularities in my brain are what has caused my DP....

I also find it very interesting that when people talk about DP they describe the flat or pointless or meaningless feeling to everything they do (hobbies or other activities that normally bring pleasure have no purpose or point to them).......Its interesting as regards Dopamine because Dopamine is the reward chemical that gives us pleasureable feelings when we do stuff we enjoy....

I actually believe that Sulpiride helps regulate my Dopamine levels in some way and hence makes me feel better....
 

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For the most part it is controlled with medicine...So my symptoms (which still come and go) are nowhere near as overwhelming as they once were...

Also over time I have just learned to live as best I can with it...I have desensitized myself to alot of the symptoms over the years...

Work, socialising, hobbies, etc etc....For the most part I can get on with stuff and even enjoy it......Im a regular 6 out of 10 once I keep my stress levels in check...

I dont drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or take drugs anymore...I eat better, walk alot, work part time and bury myself in my hobby....

I am living proof that the right medicine can give you your life back....Ive been on the same low dose of anti psychotic medicine for many years with no issues...

Yes DP has restricted me in certain areas of my life but honestly I can actually live a reasonably normal life....Ive travelled alot, worked for many years, got married, etc etc etc....I refuse to let DP stop me from doing anything nowdays because I have found a balance between work, rest and play in my life....

Now having said all this if you took my medicine away I would sink and burn in an instant.....The other thing I do to keep myself in check is avoid stress....It was always extremely stressful worrying situations that threw me back into DP hell (yes ive had a few relapses over the years)

Honestly I gave up looking for the Eutopia DP free life years ago....It just wont ever exist for me....So I accepted that DP will be with me for life but well under control with the aid of medicine...I found when I stopped fighting this condition it eased....

BUT!!!! without medicine Im f****d.....
Man, that's great. I've wondered that if one is happy, content and at peace, then it wouldn't matter if you had DP or not. Obviously this isn't the case with most and like you said, you are limited but I'm glad you have found a balance.
I will continue my quest and continue my research. I've only touched the tip of the iceberg with this but the funny thing is, researching and investigating keeps me sharp, attentive and DP-free (not perfectly).
 
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