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Hi everybody,

Hope you are having a fantastic weekend so far. I just wanted to let you know my struggles lately. It hasn't been fun.

Basically, I have to constantly be on the phone or on the computer as a distraction because if I am alone with my thoughts I go crazy. Lately I have been feeling like my brain is empty. Like there is no person in that brain, or someone has replaced me. I can't even go to the bathroom without my phone because when I am sitting there alone in the bathroom, I go in & out of my personality & reality. I panic, I freak out, and rush back to my computer to get my mind off the DP.

I was wondering if anyone else has this problem, and do you have any advice? How can I move away from the distractions? I need to do this slowly but surely in the best way possible.

Most of my "anxiety" feels have decreased & I can go out & talk to people normally. But I just always need a distraction. Help please :( I really hate this empty brain feeling.

-Depersonalized 15 y/o Teen
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Hey, I know that DP is an illness that varies highly between people. But I'll give you my perspective on your questions.

About 6 months ago, I got hit with my second chronic (24/7) case of DP (last one was 4 years ago). It's been hell. I've slowly been recovering since it started, but it's just taken a while for me to be even functional.

Like you, I often feel that I need to be distracted. Being in my state, it's so hard (maybe even impossible) to not obsess over it. It's so pervasive--nothing around me feels familiar, and I feel so disconnected. When people say to me to 'not think about it', they simply do not understand; something this 'in your face' and constant begs your attention.

It's good that you're able to be more social; it sounds like maybe your DP is getting better (like mine). I wish it were otherwise, but the distractions may be a necessary evil until it gets to the point where it doesn't distress you as much. Also, medications can reall, really help take the edge off. I suggest trying to see a psychiatrist--there are some good meds that can make you feel more relaxed and reality less threatening. You don't have to do this alone :)
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