I have freaked out on acid, at age 16.
I smoked a LOT of pot at age 16, and I had a high amount of OCD and anxiety unrelated to the pot.
I did cocaine.
I took Ritalin, it made me paranoid because of the somewhat large dose for my system and because of the chemical makeup.
I smoked cigarettes, which gave me more anxiety than all the above drugs combined.
I did not have a breakdown and DP until age 19.
My first ever slight fleeting of DP was at age 15, before any remarkable amount of drugs entered my system.
Anyway, back to age 19. I smoked pot during the days I was actually breaking down.
AFter the breakdown:
I smoked pot, took ecstacy every week for a couple months straight, did cocaine every week for a month or two, did nitrous oxide, even COMBNED IT WITH COCAINE (and yes, that is a BAD BAD idea for anxiety), and DXM (twice, it's dextromethorphan, a dissociative), taken hydrocodne, oxycodone, methadone, and demerol, taken adderall, xanax, valium, klonopin, ativan, benadryl, antipsychotics, SSRIs, venflaxine, alcohol of all kinds.
And I still smoke, take adderall, trazodone, Lexapro, and the occasional Xanax as needed.
Did drugs cause my dp?
I would say not.
I have had time periods in my life where these drugs had NO detrimental effect on me, and times when the drugs made me feel somewhat panicky, and times that the drugs had a really good effect. But none of it 'caused' the dp.
It FELT like, it felt like this for two years almost, that the effexor I had taken at age 19 caused the dp, and I tried to focus all my attention on reversing the effects on that.
But later I realized it was a cover up.
I had this coming for a long time. The effexor just helped cause enough of a shift to tip me over the edge. But I was already out of my mind for two weeks prior. Looking back on it now, it almost seems integrated into the rest of my past (whereas it previously didn't), it seems like, oh yeah, I did that, I ran for miles to try to wear the adrenaline down, yeah I was 99 pounds and could see my ribs, yeah yeah. Weird.
Drugs can cause enough of a shift for people with rigid personalities to crack under. But those rigid personalities were not made to withstand life anyway. Now there are CERTAIN drugs (PCP and Ketamine) that I believe NO one in their right MIND should EVER touch. Especially dissociative types. And LSD is a big no no too. But none of it on its own is a cause for DP. If that were the case, NO ONE would be smoking pot. OR doing acid or X. NO one would do that stuff if it landed them here as a direct result.
But its not. We have other stuff going on. We have other things that make the smallest dose of cocaine freak us out while all of our friends can eat books worth of acid. and be on their merry way the next day.
It's part of the obsession. As if it was a cancer or a drug or something separate that you got as a result of doing the drug. No, it's you and how you responded and how you think.
That means that there is total hope for all you who think you hvae drug-induced DP.
But it means that you absolutely must stop blaming the drug.
If you can't stop it forever, at least tell yourself today: "Today I will NOT think about the drug I took that supposedly gave me DP. If, tomorrow, I feel the need to find an answer about or obsess about it, then I will do that tomorrow. But not today"
Usually this is a good way to dissipate obesession, as by tomorrow you will be obsessing about something else anyway.
The problem here is obsessive traits, NOT drugs, not other things. The obessession is tricking you into believing that is the cause.
Because your mind wants to, at all costs, keep you from figuring out it might be something about YOU that needs to change.