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I need to know if I am the only one experiencing these very scary, debilitating symptoms of dp. My specific symptoms include feeling as though I dont recognize my image. Looking in thr mirror is terrifying. I feel as though I am a different person or like I cant remember how I used to be. I also suffer from anxiett and now depression. I never feel like myself anymore and just getting out of bed is a chore. I feel like a stranger in my own body and my thoughts dont feel like my own. It is just such a strange profound sensation of depersonalization that I feel as though I will NEVER be or feel like my normal self again...Someone please help?

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Mar 07 2014 10:58 AM

Deep breaths, these are all common symptoms of DP. I too lose the ability to recognize myself in the mirror, and to recognize my voice and limbs. It can be difficult remembering things and I lose all perception of time and the idea of "I" or "me". You aren't alone! I've heard that there is no such thing as permanent depersonalization, but everyone recovers at their own pace.

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Mar 08 2014 05:12 AM

You are not alone. Some symptoms are very scary but they will go away. Try to avoid stress and read, watch a good movie, think about the good times and keep yourself, your mind busy. if you are able to travel do it to differents places it will make you feel better at least in my case it helped

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Mar 08 2014 10:10 PM

You basically just said everything I feel everyday! Exactly how I feel. I'm somewhat new to the feelings, I've felt unreal for a few years but it didn't get worse until a few months ago. You are surely not alone. I wouldn't wish these feelings on anyone. I'm sorry you are going through this. I haven't really found great way to get rid of it as I'm still trying. I sometimes try to talk to someone or watch tv or Pinterest or art just try to get my mind focused on something other then those dp feelings. Coming on here and reading others stories help to. It's nice to know you are not alone. I wish you luck and I have faith we will be us again!

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Mar 10 2014 09:05 PM

Lola, If you have chronic DP and it's related to anxiety & panic then my best recommendation for you would be to see a therapist. Preferably a therapist who is experienced with working with someone with complex trauma and who can help treat you (even if it's with medication). This will help you feel better and get your anxiety under more control. Not that I think medication is a solution because more often than not it isn't. At least not for the DP itself (because true DP is often exclusively psychological) but I know there are excellent drugs to help you with anxiety and depression. And as everyone mentioned, what you are feeling is consistent with what true Depersonalization is and that is an impersonal relationship with yourself. You don't identify your face, your body, your experience with you. This doesn't mean your crazy. It means your mind for some reason doesn't want to accept it. Therapy will help you understand why that is. At the end of the day DP is at heart a coping method (not really a good one I know but it is). It doesn't allow you to emotionally face things about your life or yourself that you are unwilling to deal with. It's something you may have learned to do if you suffered from trauma or abuse as a child and then as you age when things become hard for you to manage it becomes a subconscious solution to avoid emotional pain. Meaning you can't help it, it happens. I know you feel uncertain and afraid but I know from personal experience that DP is the result (not cause) of why you feel this way. It is the consequence of not acknowledging parts of yourself. Please consider therapy with a trauma specialist as I know from personal experience this will be helpful to you.

Hair Arm Eye Jaw Gesture

Mar 12 2014 07:36 PM

Thank you all
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these comments are helpful and make me feel a little more at ease. I will definitely consider all your recommendations. And like Juatumn24 said, I wouldn't wish these thoughts and feelings on no one either, not even on my enemy! Thats why I tend to hesitate explaining to my family how I afraid they will fall into it as well. I feel as though I may need some extra help from an anti depressant or maybe anti anxiety meds because lately I haven't been able to make it out of bed and I dont have an appetite. My blood work came out normal so thats ok im guessing...I do try to keep hopeful, because I do miss how I enjoyed my life...I need it back, we all need our lives back! We will get through this
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