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Hi people,

I wonder if you are like me, if the word DP/DR freak you out, like we are aliens or something. I hate those words, it means in my head that we have a special illness. (and It's a kind of anxiety/depression)

Maybe calling that BAD ANXIETY would be less frightening! For me it's been a trauma to talk about depersonalization and not bad anxiety.

Just a thought. Maybe I am the only one that hate to be classed DP.

Cyn xxx
 

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Hi Cynthia, I agree with you 100%. The word depersonalisation makes me feel worse and freaks me out a lot. Bad anxiety seems more normal and doesnt seem like such a serious thing. My therapist always says that she never likes to label things, she just looks at the symptoms and tries to tackles the problem.
 

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I don't ever use DP Disorder cause no one will ever understand what we are talking about. Instead I just say, "my depression and anxiety"...if only people knew how horrific and terrifying we are feeling...if only they knew.

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I don't tell anyone except my parents about this. The only people that I have told I usually just say anxiety but I don't even bother describing the DP symptoms. I did once to my friend was experiencing manic depression and she said "wow, thats horrible but it's so good that you can admit that your hallucinating and you can seem so normal doing it" . I gave up after that.. people are incapable of understanding.

Unfortunately the amount of people with DP is growing as with all mental disorders and I'm sure one day DP/DR will be more socially accepted terms. I'm not personally afraid of the words at all in fact I prefer them. I always struggled to make doctors and my parents understand the severity of my condition. Before I learned that word it was all about "severe anxiety".. that didn't seem to do the symptoms justice in my mind.
 
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I'm not even sure I am DP/DR. Self-diagnosed you know. So, from now on, I will do my best to refer to it as anxiety. No matter what the label, I think anxiety is the major culprit.
 
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