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I feel at times that there are no thoughts in my head and that I cant think.

Is this part of depersonalisation. I have not seen this symptom mentioned anywhere and it is really scaring me.

The more I try to think, the worse it becomes until I feel like I have literally 'lost' my mind.
 

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This is a very common complaint with DP and anxiety sufferers; the inability to feel or "see" thoughts. You probably can't see pictures in your head when you think of certain people, faces, places, etc...........don't panic! This is a sensation that many people experience and it will pass, but you need to stop fixating on it because it will only make you more numb and detached.
 
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Concentration is the name of the game in this recurring DP problem.
I've had this symptom quite often myself, but especially when I was first learning to "deal" with DP. It may take a bit to get a hold of this monster, but if you stop when you're in the middle of an "episode" like this, just stop everything...stop talking, stop thinking...just stop. Next, try to clear your mind, breath for a moment or two, then concentrate on ONE THING at a time. Remind yourself where you are, how you got there, what day it is, what time it is...then once you've "RESET" your mind, then continue by concentrating on whatever your working on at the time. Once again, I know its not easy, but if you keep at it, it can at the very least...HELP in your day to day thinking.

Best of luck

Tony
 

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same here, most of the time i feel like i am not thinking. it makes me feel less alive. it sucks. i mean i know there are thoughts but they don't seem like my thoughts.
 

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That symptom is, for me, the absolute worst part of DP/DR. It's like I can't daydream. And I LOVE to daydream. It's pretty much what ruins my ability to listen to music, too.

I was actually at my doctors office this morning, trying to describe this very thing. I felt like a babbling nut trying to describe it to him, but he seemed to understand what I was talking about. For a psychiatrist, he's a pretty cool guy. I should have asked him what the name of the phenomenon is so I could give y'all a name to use so you won't have to try and describe it to your doctors. I have to talk to him again in a couple weeks; i'll try and remember to ask.
 

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Luka said:
I don't think if there is a medical term for this not-having-thoughts experience, but I could be wrong!
You're probably right, although it sometimes amazes me, the number of phenomenon for which there is a word. Now I'm determined to find one.

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eclecticsheep said:
my god i have this 24/24!
i must be really screwed right?
is there is a case that this is plain anxiety and not dp?
Is the inability to view your thoughts the only DP/DRsymptom you have continuously? How long have you have it? Have you tried anything, med or otherwise, to get rid of it? There is probably an anxiety componnt to it, though a lot of that may be the fear of being "really screwed". Once you can stop thinking about your inability to see your thoughts, you'll feel a bit better. Not thinking about your own awareness is no easy task, by the way. In my case it took .5 mg of Xanax 3 or 4 times a day for several weeks to be able to do it.
 

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thanks a lot for your reply...
it couldn't be more encouraging...
yeah that is almost the only symptom i have...
the other one is that that i don't understand books and tv.. and music at all anymore.
what you told me is exactly what my psychologist told me.. that i am so obsessed about being screwed that i think that i don't know what i am thinking.
in a way it is true.. but after he told me that i started to being able to follow my thoughts and that for some weird reason paniced me more
i keep asking for some anti anxiety med but he won;t give me any!
i think it's because i keep asking about it..
i once smoked pot and i felt very good and like myself and i think that shows that i really need an anti axiety med...
but he won't give me anything
:(
 

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Yeh I feel like I have 'no thoughts' in reality I have thoughts but just thoughts that I do not want to attribute to the 'self' uhhhh groans :roll: .
 

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eclecticsheep said:
thanks a lot for your reply...
it couldn't be more encouraging...
yeah that is almost the only symptom i have...
the other one is that that i don't understand books and tv.. and music at all anymore.
what you told me is exactly what my psychologist told me.. that i am so obsessed about being screwed that i think that i don't know what i am thinking.
in a way it is true.. but after he told me that i started to being able to follow my thoughts and that for some weird reason paniced me more
i keep asking for some anti anxiety med but he won;t give me any!
i think it's because i keep asking about it..
i once smoked pot and i felt very good and like myself and i think that shows that i really need an anti axiety med...
but he won't give me anything
:(
Doctors like yours really piss me off. When we first go in with DP symptoms we're totally reeling, and it's hard to get tough and insistant with doctors when we're like that. If he/she doctor won't write a prescription for a benzodiazepine for someone with DP, get another doctor. He/she is either cruel or incompetent. That's what these meds are for for god's sake; that's like refusing pain killers for cancer patients. Oh, and don't let them try and pull any Buspar crap on you, either. That stuff is less effective than water.
 
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