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Is it possible that depersonalization and derealization is an escape mechanism? Could it be caused by pure fright? Conflicts in the brain cannot be solved so the mind takes over therefore dp is born. If a person is frightened for a long period of time or has many things bothering them that they cannot resolve maybe the brain cannot handle all this so it opens up the world of depersonalization. When the fear is no longer there or the conflicts in the mind are settled maybe the depersonalization will go away. Just a thought.

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I think that is true...at least in some cases. I know for a fact that this bout of dp i've been battling for the past year was absolutely brought on by intense anxiety. I really think that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself...if we can shut off the fear...the dp will subside in time.

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p.s. Sorry to hear you're having a tough time right now, kelson.
 

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Sebatian,

Yea...it just seems to get worse everytime it comes back. I was doing really good back during the Spring and Summer. Was feeling pretty damn good most of the time. But then I got off of Zoloft cause I had to stop seeing this certain psychiatrist I was seeing so I had no one to monitor the meds. But I am seeing a new doc and he just started me back on Zoloft, so I am hoping it will help, but I am not sure. I have my fingers crossed!
Plus, I am continuing to workout, eat healthy, stay away from alcohol, and continue to press on. So I am hoping I will snap out of this deep depression soon!
Take care,

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K,

Do you necessarily need to continue to see a psychiatrist on a regular basis in order to continue to take the Zoloft? A few years ago, i took Zoloft for a few months, and it seemed, at the time, that they did a little bit to alleviate the depression. But in the current bout of dp i'm mired in, anti-depressants seem to do nothing but exasperate the "unreal" feeling.

i don't know...i've really got to break out of this situation pretty soon. It's been almost a year of constant anxiety and dp, and i'm tired of feeling so disconnected with my life.

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Kelson it is okay I understand completely, I say that too. It is a horrible illness. I believe though that we are going to be well some day.

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Sebastian,

The reason I think the Zoloft will help, and I may be wrong, is because I think my depersonalization is only really bothersome and noticable when my depression and negative thinking is so bad. If I didn't have these depressive, negative type thoughts, then my depersonalization wouldn't bother me really. It's really only when I am in deep depression.
So I am hoping (like in the spring and summer), that the Zoloft will help deal with my chemical imbalance and depression and then my DP will subside. Again, fingers crossed!
Take care,

Kelson
 
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