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Hi,

Does anyone feel completely numb emotionally and mentally? Lately I have had no emotions, it is very hard to explain. I just feel blank inside, I have no sadness, joy, fear, or anxiety. Is this something that you are dealing with and have you found a way to start feeling again?

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Zach
 

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Hi Zach. Emotional numbing is a completely normal thing when experiencing dp, some people have a partial numbness with anxiety, or you could be in a totally numb, shutdown state with no anxiety or stress at all, which would be a full freeze response basically.

I used to have anxiety and partial emotional numbness at times, but now I'm completely numb to any emotion now or any sensation in my body like fear, just totally nothing, have been for about a year now, total blankness, total frozenness after lots of trauma and hardship in my life. I can't socialize or connect with other people, can't naturally have any facial expression whatsoever, no personality, no anything, just being a conscious human basically. I haven't found a way to start feeling again and it's really quite a miserable hell. I've been told by my therapist that this is a response through what's known as the dorsal branch of the vagus nerve. It completely numbs you and immobilizes you when you feel there is no way out, no chance of survival.

Idk if you're experiencing the same exact thing, and I don't have the answers, but I really hope you're not like me and start feeling again soon. How long has this numbness been going on? Xx
 

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I thought I was the only one who didn't have natural facial expressions. I have learned to fake them well.
I have difficulty faking facial expressions. When I try to smile, it's like that scene in "Addams Family Values" when Christina Ricci forces a smile at camp for the first time.

I've given up faking them. If you want to be around me, what you get is what you get.
 

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I thought I was the only one who didn't have natural facial expressions. I have learned to fake them well.
you're not the only one, I'm like this too :/ Except I can't fake expressions, it just looks weird and people know I'm faking.

So do you have complete emotional numbness then? I literally don't even know who I am anymore, I'm totally emotionless and blank, really desperate for a way out.
 

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I have difficulty faking facial expressions. When I try to smile, it's like that seen in "Addams Family Values" when Christina Ricci forces a smile at camp for the first time.

I've given up faking them. If you want to be around me, what you get is what you get.
Sammee, i can't fake smile or anything, I just can't. A blank look is just what you get :/
 
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