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My sister is bipolar, and I think it's possible there's a little DP in there too. She was manic for a while and then had what she calls a "slide", when she crashed into a state of severe depression that she has been in ever since (several years now). She says that after the slide, her muscles lost all their tone. This happened very quickly, much quicker than it would take to lose it due to lack of exercise. She also says that her muscles seem to have lost their elasticity. If she exercises, it doesn't seem to build them up much. I have had DP for almost 20 years. The muscles of my lower body also seem to have lost their elasticity. My hamstrings are extremely tight but it seems impossible to stretch them without hurting myself, and some muscles have no tone--even in the past when I used to exercise them. Has anyone ever heard of or experienced anything like this in connection with mental illness?
 

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Interesting that she is bipolar and you have dp. I honestly think there are is a simliar connection between bipolar and dp, i think dp is like a mutated form of bipolar and dp is cause from the same receptors and chemicals that are envovled in bipolar disorder but thats my opinion.
 

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Many people with a mental illness (depression, bipolar, schizofrenia etc.) suffer from DP and/or DR.

As for the fysical symptoms, the brain and body are closely connected and when the brain is not functioning well, there can certainly be an impact on the body.

There are also bodymemories if you are traumatized. The body "recalls" the pains of a traumatic event you experienced. I have bodymemories, although they're not as bad as they used to be.
 
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There are also bodymemories if you are traumatized. The body "recalls" the pains of a traumatic event you experienced. I have bodymemories, although they're not as bad as they used to be.
Can you elaborate on that please?
 

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Can you elaborate on that please?
I will try to be more clear.

Lets asume a child has been beaten regularly by its father. When the beating takes place, the child unconsciously dissociate the pain it is feeling, because it is too much to handle. The pain is stored in a seperate area in the brain, away from the conscious child. Later on, when the child is an adolesent or adult (this is mostly the case), he/she gets triggered by something. Maybe a man who looks like his/her father, maybe some situation which reminds him/her of the beatings. It could be anything. The trigger sets the dissociated feelings free which accompanied the beatings in the past and now the adolesent/adult feels the bruises. That is a bodymemory.

A lot of traumatized people get bodymemories, but don't know that those pains or sensations they have are in fact bodymemories (you may not know that bodymemories exist or you may not know that you've been triggered by something/someone), so they go from doc to doc to see what is wrong with their body only to find nothing fysical that could explain the pain. The docs who see these people so often complaining about pains/sensations they cannot explain, think those people are a bore sadly.
 
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