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call me strange but im starting to liken myself to a goldfish in a goldfish bowl...

i wander round, with no particular direction. my surroundings feel like theyre distorted and unreachable..almost as if theyre behind glass or visually distorted as if a glass of water was in front of them (you know how water can distort things..)..i feel like people are looking in at me, and that im even looking in at myself. also my memory is so bad...i have a 'memory like a goldfish'. i cant remember any of my childhood, well very little, which is worrying my pysch.

can anyone else liken themselves to a goldfish or is it just me???..take care love cxxxx
 

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Detachment / depersonalisation

This is another very common feeling for depressed people. Detachment or depersonalisation is the feeling that you are watching your own life take place, as if you are sitting behind your own eyes and watching your actions as though they were those of someone else. It's a deeply unpleasant experience that has been likened to being trapped in a bell-jar, hence the original name of this site, The Glass Belljar* (The Bell Jar is a book about the experiences of a depressed person. See our BOOKS page for more information). At its worst, the sufferer feels as though he or she is trapped inside their own head, unable to reach out and connect with real life. At least one person has described it as "the soul becoming disconnected from the body".
 

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hey thanks for that jc...im actually basing my fine art degree projcet round this idea of being in a goldfish bowl. well, its a starting point for it anyway..so ive just bid on a copy of the book the Bell Jar cos it might be really useful...thanks :) cx
 

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the thing is no matter how many times i go back to that site and read the descriptions of depression im still convinced im the only one...i think we have no choice but to deal with the fear
 
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