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Hi everyone yesterday I drank a bottle of vodka and had 2 sleeping pills anyways ended up in hospital and got seen by mental health doctors. ...anyways I reached out to my brother yesterday and he has episodes of DP, my dad has it too....after 12 years of having dp my husband found out I had it...he said why didn't I tell him about it, we have been together 18 years...I'm just having problems with my medication it has pooped out and has made my anxiety crazy I didn't realise it was my medication till a few days ago...normally I can manage my derealization (I dint really have depersonalisation ) but the past few weeks it's have....and it was so freaky, I was washing up and I looked at my hands and I had the most out of body experience I feel like my mind is proper disconnected from my body! It's got a bit better now, so if dp/Dr runs in the family will i ever get rid of it; their is a lot of mental health in my mams side, schizophrenia and depression and on my dad's side a lot of brain things likebana parkinsons and epilepsy. ...I feel like their is no way out now if it runs in family
 

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I'm sorry things got so bad you ended up in hospital, but I hope some good will come out of communicating what you have been going through with your family and other half. I hope seeing some mental health doctors helps and that your medication gets sorted out.

The subject of nature vs. nurture is a debate that's impossible to resolve conclusively, and you've mentioned a lot of conditions there. Speaking only broadly on mental health, I personally think that everyone has the potential to suffer mental health complaints and that it's usually environmental factors that tip the scales. People who have mental illness in the family often come from a difficult or chaotic background because their parents were unwell or dysfunctional to some degree, so causal factors are there in the environment. The chances are your parents upbringing was unstable as well? This can be overlooked when people say it's in the genes. While some of the conditions you've mentioned may be passed down, again speaking generally, I don't think we are condemned to these problems if we can find the right therapeutic approaches to break the chain. I believe that if a parent from a family with mental health problems is able to create a warm and loving environment for their children then in most cases they will not have mental health problems - barring other casual factors outside of their control: school bullying, for example.
 

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Sorry that you felt you had to take action like that, you must have been feeling pretty awful. I hope you're getting the help you need now.

As far as I'm aware a genetic predisposition to DPDR hasn't been established, and you absolutely can write your own story as to how things go for you.

I'm always wary of this nature/nuture thing as I'm not really sure that it's that helpful in the sense that recovery absolutely requires some work and effort on the part of the sick person.

The danger is that if mental illness is viewed passively, in the same sense as say, an infection, it's all too easy not to try to fight it. I wouldn't judge anyone for having that attitude and it absolutely doesn't constitute a moral failing by that person or anything like that, it's just I feel that we have to remember that we should be active participants in our own recovery.

Hope you're feeling a little better :)
 
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