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Harnessing neuroplasticity to defeat dissociative symptoms

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This is a slide from my uni lecture this week:

I wonder if these principles of neurological change apply to internal states of being, not just behaviour. Can I think my way out of my most troubling trauma symptoms - deaffectualisation and desomatisation - by simply imagining these symptoms easing off and my body reanimating itself once more?

Well, I'm going to give it a try, and maybe it might help others here to try it too. Several times a day, imagine yourself with your former capacities again. That's how I'm doing it.

I've just stuck the slide to my fridge and wall so I remember to practice this.


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I think you're on the right track. I can only find relief from DP when I daydream and visualise. In my daydream I can suddenly access emotions, memories and thought patterns that I don't have in real life. I don't have the knowledge to explain how this is possible from a neurological point of view, I've simply experienced that it is.

So, daydream away! Our minds have an amazing capacity to exist in differens shapes and forms
That's interesting, I noticed the opposite in my case. When I had episodes with more DPDR it was usually after or during a time that was more favorable for daydreaming, like being alone for a whole weekend, free to think about what I wanted.
Maybe we experience different symtoms of DP, where yours are more towards existential thoughts and horror scenarios (correct me if I'm wrong, ofc). In that case I can totally understand how daydreaming can easily spin off into something making the DP even more challenging.

My symtoms are more towards blank mind and lack of cognition, so I try to exercise my imagination in any way I can :)
It was not about horror scenarios but it was naturaly going toward analyzing stuff that seemed interesting at that moment, without causing any specific emotions. But it makes sense, I have never really had blank mind I think, and it makes sense that day dreaming would go against blank mind.
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