I am writing because I see many people concerned on this board about never "feeling the way they did before this disorder struck".
I am here to say that there is definitely hope. I felt that way for months. I obsessed over the good ole days, and why I couldn't just enjoy life.
Well, now going on 3 weeks of DP/DR free - I can tell you that the real you always exists inside, and you get back to normality.
I read something on this board once that sticks with me. I said it over and over again when I was struggling and it helped me tremendously. It was "I have not changed. I am still ok. What has changed is my perception. Perceptions can always change, but my identity and the world that surrounds me will not. I am calm and in control"
Perceptions can always change! In my mind, that's all DP is..a perception distortion (remember, just my opinion) You can get better. I consider you all a second family, and even when I am not DP'd, I still check this board because I like to read about hope and give hope.
On a comic note - If someone like Keith Richards can survive and look in the mirror without getting freaked out, we all can.