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How common would you say it is for dpdr to last for years

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So I know you can’t say how long it’ll last but I see soooo many more people up here that have this for 5 7 10+ years and I know for a fact i can’t and won’t live with it for that long so is more common for people to have it this long or shorter ( and I don’t count the fact that it can be a fleeting feeling that goes away in seconds)
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When you have a problem that is really annoying and you learn that some people can have it for years, I think it is perfectly normal to worry that this might happen to you too. This isn't just the case for DPDR. I am not sure it can be useful for recovery, butit seems like an at least normal worry.

Then, my feeling is that most people recover after a short time. Given it can take some people years to have a diagnosis or even just learn about the name of DPDR, I think it is safe to say that there are probably a lot of people who have it for a short time and don't even report it online like here. People who have had it for a long time are more visible, first because they are around for a longer time, and second because they have had more chance to meet a diagnosis or self-diagnosis.
For simplicity, let's say you have 90% chance for your DPDR to last 2 months, and 10% chance for it to last 5 years. So for the second group, it lasts 30 times longer, so people from the second group will stay around and post or be active for 30 times longer (assuming they stay active all the time, for simplicity), so you still have a lot of chances to meet them. A quick calculation shows that if you then meet 10 active people on this forum, statistically more than 7 will be from the second group, ,if you use these probabilities. That's survivorship biais ( )

The other thing is that people can have vastly different levels of suffering caused by DPDR. My subjective impression is that most of the time, if it is really bad it won't stay for long (or at least it has little chance to stay that bad for a long time).
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Do you have a condition making your DP?
Or only DP and or dr symptoms

And would you say, accepting, let go, and distraction with calmness is key for a recovery. I have a hard time not think about the fact that i don’t feel the physical reality, and I don’t feel my personality, my self, my identity. I don’t even know what anxiety Is anymore, every time I get anxious, and I mean it, every time, it’s combined with thoughts “I am missing out pretty much everything of life every day” I mean for example generelized anxiety, I don’t find my self worrying over people or anyone or anything besides me my self and i. Hehe
No but for real, only when I worry it’s, I worry about why doesn’t it go away…
I don't know for sure what is causing my DPDR. I do have a little mood disorder, but it has been very mild lately, and its intensity has never been correlated with DPDR. I can't say it isn't related though. I am also relatively anxious in nature, but same here, it isn't correlated in intensity with DPDR.
And I don't know what can be key to recovery, but indeed, for a lot of people apparently letting go and being distracted can do it. Maybe people have different ways of coping with or compensating some problems and maybe DPDR is just a part of their coping mechanism. If everybody's system is different, then what works for one person will not necessarily work or be enough for another person. Anyway, people seem to have different things that help them or that make DPDR worse, so one can imagine that the solution will also be different. But for sure, I have never seen existential questions being part of recovery, they are more on the side of the problem.
But yes, some thoughts feel like problems too. Not long ago someone posted an article about the role of self-scrutiny on DPDR symptoms. For sure, at least in the past, I have been afraid of my emotions or thought processes that were causing me a lot of troubles, partly because of that mood disorder. It was very important for me to control this or check it. But if self-scrutiny causes inner problems on its own, then it can be a viscious cycle. So according to that logic, yes, letting them be to the best of our ability should help. But there is theory and practice.

Oh and if my DPDR was gone I think I would go outside, walk in many places and enjoy my five senses, and I would spend more time with people. But doing the same thing as I am doing now would already be great without (or with less) DPDR.
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