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When you try something new, how do you measure your feeling?

How would you know if u got better by 5% ?
 

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I always thought that this was a stupid way of going about things. Everytime I went to my psych doctor (when I still had one) and they wanted me to "rate my depression" on a scale, I'm thinking...how am I supposed to do this? It made for a lot of confusion and frustration because I'd have to fill one out every week, and, though I never felt any different, the doctor would always say " your numbers are better, you seem to be improving" or "your numbers are worse, this is concerning". It didn't seem to matter to him when I explained to him that I didn't feel any different. "The numbers tell a different story." Well, gee, maybe that's just because I can't remember what arbitrary number I used to define my 'depression level' last week!

At any rate, I would try not to concern yourself with quantitative descriptions of how you feel (better or worse). Qualitative descriptions are infinitely superior.
 

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I always thought that this was a stupid way of going about things. Everytime I went to my psych doctor (when I still had one) and they wanted me to "rate my depression" on a scale, I'm thinking...how am I supposed to do this? It made for a lot of confusion and frustration because I'd have to fill one out every week, and, though I never felt any different, the doctor would always say " your numbers are better, you seem to be improving" or "your numbers are worse, this is concerning". It didn't seem to matter to him when I explained to him that I didn't feel any different. "The numbers tell a different story." Well, gee, maybe that's just because I can't remember what arbitrary number I used to define my 'depression level' last week!

At any rate, I would try not to concern yourself with quantitative descriptions of how you feel (better or worse). Qualitative descriptions are infinitely superior.
What do u mean qualitative description

I dont think anything can measure small improvments though 5-10%..
 

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I plug myself into my computer's USB port and use this software that I wrote, DP Tool. It gives me an accurate reading. Got 38.6% when I just measured. (spoiler: not actually.)
 

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See i think your confused cause when someone on here says "i feel 60% recovered" or 90% its more of a way of saying they feel dramatic improvement than how they were feeling when the dpdr was real bad and think they feel close to normal again but still have lingering dpdr feelings. There isnt really a way to measure dpdr. Its more like "how close to normal do u feel" and by normal, i mean however u felt before dpdr started for you.
 

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I measure it depending on 2 things

1. I take the WORST time where my dp was the hardest and take that as 0% and orientate myself on that

2. I take myself before dp as 100% . not only necessarily where I felt the best even....because I always suffer a bit because of anxiety and trauma etc. either way and have had slight dp also in the past already but I take the time before my REAL hardcore dp started as the 100% and want to reach 100% again and when I reached that I hope to even push further and get better

right now I am around 70-80% healed from dp depending on day . sometimes I fall down to 50-60 and sometimes I feel as high as 90 but roughly 70-80 is where I am right now since a while
 

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What do u mean qualitative description

I dont think anything can measure small improvments though 5-10%..
As an example with respect to, say, headaches. Instead of saying that my "pain level" is 6 out of 10, I would describe where the headache is, how often it occurs, whether it is acute, dull, stabbing, etc...
 
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