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I know a lot of people have dp that was partly drug-induced. I was told today by a psychologist that most people dont recover from drug-induced dp. It made me want to kill myself. Can anyone offer any hope or info on recovery from dp that is specfically induced by substances?
 

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It depends on what drug you took, in what quantity, for how long and so on. A number of people on here have, however, recovered from drug-induced DP/DR.
 

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That's weird. I always thought drug-induced DP would be easier to cure because there is a known cause. My DP is not drug induced and I am still trying to figure out what caused it.... and that's going to be a long journey just figuring that out. Don't feel hopeless thoughl... there is a study going on or soon to be going on for drug-induced DPers... there's info in the forum index, youve probably already read it though i dont know.
 

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I would ask your doc where he got his information. There is not a great deal of research on this subject. I have never read or heard of what you say and I have read and heard alot (from docs and medical journals etc.) Yes, we are indeed treatment resistant, that is in the literature, but so is the fact that we are little understood!

I remember very well when a psychiatrist told me this after I was treatment resistant to all the meds he was throwing at me. He finally called me hardwired and dismissed me, saying all I could do is manage symptoms the best I could. The clinical psychologist who I was seeing at the same time blew her lid over this, saying that he was wrong, and reminded me of the battle over biology and thought process.

Remember one thing, the understanding of the mind right now is basically still in medieval stages. It really is a crap shoot, especially when it comes to treatments and causality. Good God, jsut look at all the variations thrown at us by the medical community. They argue amongst each other like theologians and alchemists in days gone bye. They are trying, but no doc should have told you what he did. That may be his experience, but maybe that is becasue he is a horsehit doctor(sorry). I am saying that knwoledge is lacking in our malady, but more is certainly forthcoming. Lots more. Have hope in this, not in your docs ill used words.
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Yeah dude, DO NOT put any weight on what that doc said. Not true! Mine was drug induced and I have felt good for going on 6months now, recovery is possible for everyone regardless of the source.

No worries, you can get better, for sure.

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hi adam

i have suffered from drug induced dp and am feeling good these days. drug use was heavy, varied and prolonged. dp was severe. don't lose hope because someone who has never experienced dp has an ill-informed opinion on it.
 

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My hypothesis, and some research, is leaning toward this: There is little difference, physiologically, between drug-induced DP (mostly cannabis) and other-induced DP (chronic childhood distress, sudden near-death trauma, etc.). All these things may be doing the same thing, perhaps disconnecting elements in the brain systems that collect, store, and give salience to sensory data. (And following Buddhist philosophy, I now add the sixth sense (door) --mental images, which, as we all know, can input data which can be indistinguishable to some of the dumber brain systems, from data coming in through the other five doors.

This would mean that treatment for DP, and the prognoses, would be the same regardless of its source. I, by the way, have, I believe, cannabis-induced DP.

But yea, I would say give the guy with the degree some respect. After all, he or she spent a lot of money and time and effort getting the thing. But for god?s sake don't assume he or she knows what he or she is talking about.

The last psychologist, a PhD, that I talked to, a few years ago, suggested I get my astrological chart done. Nuff said.
 

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Personally, i don't think there is much variation between drug induced dp or trauma dp or any other dp, i believe we are prone to it and what actually sets it off is immaterial, it is as horrible and "real" no matter what triggered it, but the potential to contract it or fall foul off it was already there, now whether this is a genetic or generic disposition is highly debatable.

So to say drug induced dp is less prone to recovery is absolute tripe. But what do we know we simply have got the ting..........

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Don'r listen to that doctor, as was said he is probably a horseshit doc. You CAN get better, no matter what any else tells you or throws at you. If you get a doc that's unwilling to work with your symptoms, then FIND a new one. You can always get someone who will help, regardless of your problem even! Finding the right person to help is OH so important. Believe in yourself. Believe in destiny. Believe it is your destiny to get better. It's certain, you can recover!
 

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I was told today by a psychologist that most people dont recover from drug-induced dp.
That is the biggest pile of shite I've heard in a long while. Your psychologist needs shooting. In my experience, the prognosis for drug-induced DP'ers is better than those with chronic, long term DP. (Diclaimer - that is not to say that non-drug induced DP'ers cannot recover..)

If you are not 'prone' to DR/DP, that is without any serious underlying neurotic problem, I truely believe that once your brain chemistry has returned to somewhere near normal after taking drugs, you have an excellent chance of recovery.
 
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