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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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this is the biggest mistake someone can make when it comes to imagining recovery. look recovery does happen approximately like this:

you live with the condition and deep in your brain this disorder is burned in. you carry on with your life, all the time with the symptoms. then the next stage comes. here you know that you have still symptoms, but they dont bother you anymore at all. real life problems becomes more and more priority. the thoughts in your head do circle more and more about daily stuff. but here, yet you have your symptoms. i think this stage is very important. if you get here in my opinion, even though you still have symptoms i would consider you as 75% recovered. stage three is, you begin to notice that everything becomes like you used to. the real joy and sense of beauty and love. the emotions become so strong you can not even walk straight out. you get tremor like sensations because of this „new“ emotions. the adaptation is pretty hard to this state. it is like a whole new thing. the last stage is to get this new state of mind to an usual and automatic thing. real life problems conquered already your thoughts completely. the amount of thinking about dpdr became maybe once per month. this was my way out of dpdr once but again, i did relapse and almost everybody i see here or somewhere else can not recover from the second episode. it makes me sometimes very hopeless but i almost accepted this as my new me, and my new life. others did maybe recovered differently but that was my own experience
Very accurate and well thought out summary of the recovery process! I still hold on to the belief that there will be a final conquering of dissociation. Though I think what that actually looks like is a lifelong processing of the trauma that this condition has done. In my case it's been a self feeding cycle as it is for many. E.g. Panic onsetting DP/DR and panic about DP/DR itself causing more DP/DR. I think that loop and the existential crisis itself is enough to cause a strong PTSD and numbing to life/reality/self. So I imagine post recovery to include a lot of further healing required.
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