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Hello all i’m 17 years old and first developed dp/dr in 2017. It’s been tough to get through but this year i thought i was finally getting to the bright side by finally getting a therapist, and not having as much anxiety. But it feels like all the hard work i’ve done has not paid off since i got this new fear of eternity. well, i really shouldn’t say it’s a new fear because it’s what caused my dp in the first place but it slowly went away. now it’s back and worse than before. i get panic attacks about it almost everyday and feel like nothing will make it stop or calm me down. because death is inevitable. i feel like i would feel a bit better though if i knew i wasn’t really afraid of this but it’s just my dp playing tricks on me. so would you say this is a common symptom or am i just losing it?
 

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Id say that is a pretty common symptom. Existential and afterlife thoughts are pretty normal to be afraid of too. I have to agree, eternity is a very scary concept and ive wrestled with that idea too on several occassions. Just remember that its just an idea. All other ideas about afterlife are also possible so try not to glue yourself to thinking thats the only possibility, espessially if it scares you.
 
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