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Hello all,

Ive browsed this forum for a couple of months now and this is my first post, so apologies if its in the wrong section.

My DP started after 8 months of heavy almost daily marijuana use as well as drinking and occasionally using cocaine on weekends, I had no idea what I was thinking at the time, but i was in a self destructive auto pilot that I didn't find particularly disturbing until I got out of it. I was also going through a tumultuous relationship during that time. When it first happened to me I can only describe it as without doubt the scariest sensation of my life. I remember having brief periods of DP as a child, usually at night, they generally passed straight away. My brother has also been through DP, as well as my mother to a lesser extent, so I'm sure there is a genetic component to this.

After DP first hit, I instantly consumed every possible article on the subject online as well as browsing forums for hours. I followed the advice that everyone gives, to continue with life in the most normal way as possible, and avoid all drugs and alcohol, and this definitely helped. I also went to a doctor who had no idea what my condition was, who tried to prescribe me beta blockers, i turned them down as i knew they wouldn't help, and ended up asking for anti depressants as my mother had said they had helped her in the past with DP. After around 8 weeks the DP seemed to lift somewhat, it would dissipate when I was distracted and more real world worries seemed to creep in.

So recover is definitely possible, I would advise everyone to completely avoid drugs and alcohol during this time, I was someone who loved alcohol and used it as a crutch and a mechanism to bottle up emotions and block out feelings, never really giving myself chance to process emotion, which i think is a determining factor in me developing DP.

My doctor prescribed me zoloft/sertraline which ive been taking for a week now, and I feel...strange to say the least, the anxiety and depression have lifted, I used to occasionally get 'dark clouds' of depression come over me at some points in the day which were horrific and seemed to have no direct cause, but my DP seems to have gotten more intense, almost like it was when I first experienced it, but as the anxiety has gone away im in this weird state where im DP'd but its not bothering me, has anyone else had this experience on Zoloft, do you think this is something that will lift in time?

Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Welcome to the site, Daz.

I'm sorry your post fell under the radar! Sometimes we get so many new introductions then some tend to slip through the cracks.

My doctor prescribed me zoloft/sertraline which ive been taking for a week now, and I feel...strange to say the least, the anxiety and depression have lifted, I used to occasionally get 'dark clouds' of depression come over me at some points in the day which were horrific and seemed to have no direct cause, but my DP seems to have gotten more intense, almost like it was when I first experienced it, but as the anxiety has gone away im in this weird state where im DP'd but its not bothering me, has anyone else had this experience on Zoloft, do you think this is something that will lift in time?
Unfortunately, I have no experience with Zoloft, but posting in the Treatment Options or Managing DPD sections of our forum may help!

There are plenty of people on the site that now plenty about anti-depressants and other medications.
 

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Give Zoloft 6-8 weeks. I've tried it, wasn't for me. 1 week is not enough, anything i've ever taken for DP made it worse before better, it's kinda my moto for DP meds, as that's how I respond.

Personally, after Zoloft i went to Mirtazapine and the difference was night and day, doesn't mean it will be for you, but there is other options
 
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