I believe it works like this.
You don't ever 'recover', at least in the sense that things go back to 'normal' or how things 'used to be'.
You go on growing and changing. Mostly, you have to develop and nurture your self. You strengthen your weaknesses. You work from where you are and you try your hardest and things get easier for you. You make your life more enjoyable. You learn how to live.
If you are 'dysfunctional', you can work on gradually developing new skills and thus become more 'functional'. You gotta work at it tho. Eventually you become stronger. You will, if you work at it. If you want to be healthy mentally and physically you can but you have to work at it. You can see noticeable effects after only a few weeks of proper nurturing.
I too used to do meds but I realized that if I ever wanted to be strong and healthy I will have to face my condition and face life as it is on my own. So I worked at it. I practiced. Over time I gradually came off the meds. It was very hard. Withdrawals can be very terrible, but they go away. Eventually, I went on with my life without any meds. It was hard. I was 'dysfunctional'. People can see I was weird. People could see I was dysfunctional. People would pick on me and be mean and take advantage. But I didn't care. I was determined more then anything to be strong. Eventually I become strong.
I would take jobs like landscaping and tree trimming, jobs that were outdoors because it was more suitable for the type of condition I was in. Other men would pick fights with me. I learned how to fight. I'm strong.
You're the same way. You're a human being. If we're talking depersonalization, anxiety, depression then I understand and I know the same rules apply to you. You have to work at it. You have to develop strength. You don't be lazy. You be active. You find solutions. You learn how you can make your self healthier and stronger mentally and physically. You face your fears. You strengthen your weaknesses.
I took a public speaking class when I was 28. I was a mess. I felt that everyone would see the years of trauma and years of being a fucking freak. I did it anyways. I did it four times. The first time i was the worst of all the students, I could hardly speak. The fourth speech, I was cracking jokes. Fuck it. And I'll do it again and again and again. My point is, you get better at it. Even if you think you're dysfunctional, you do it anyways until you become functional.
You grow. You learn. You live.