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I'm learning that if I obsess on these things it gets worse so I try hard to keep busy with other things, but you all know how hard this can be. I've been back in a bad state of dp/dr after 3 years of feeling pretty good. It was brought on by the stress of moving, and I'm trying to do the best I can. I think I could get beyond it if I could stop thinking about how weird it is to be alive.. being in the dp/dr state starts all these thoughts for me about being human and what are we and all that strangeness of existing stuff, and it creeps me out more than anything. It keeps me in fear of going crazy, losing total grasp on reality, and the worst part is it makes me feel disconnected from my loved ones because I can't "understand" what it is to be alive.. does that make sense?

I guess I'm just looking for some validation that others have thoughts like this, and that I will again get beyond these thoughts and resume my life once that happens. Do any of you have special techniques at thought stopping? Besides destracting yourself, do you have anything that you consciously do to block those obsessive thoughts?

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I'm learning that if I obsess on these things it gets worse so I try hard to keep busy with other things, but you all know how hard this can be. I've been back in a bad state of dp/dr after 3 years of feeling pretty good. It was brought on by the stress of moving, and I'm trying to do the best I can. I think I could get beyond it if I could stop thinking about how weird it is to be alive.. being in the dp/dr state starts all these thoughts for me about being human and what are we and all that strangeness of existing stuff, and it creeps me out more than anything. It keeps me in fear of going crazy, losing total grasp on reality, and the worst part is it makes me feel disconnected from my loved ones because I can't "understand" what it is to be alive.. does that make sense?

I guess I'm just looking for some validation that others have thoughts like this, and that I will again get beyond these thoughts and resume my life once that happens. Do any of you have special techniques at thought stopping? Besides destracting yourself, do you have anything that you consciously do to block those obsessive thoughts?

Thanks friends..
 

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i sometimes try counting or reading labels and things...

just saying to myself to accept things...

it is hard to think what actually gets you through the day...

wish i could help more really...for all our sakes :D

i try thinking about the next day...what i plan to do....if i need to phone anyone...is there something i needed to say to someone....is there something i need to get in town....

that is all i can really think of to be honest...

feel free to PM me anytime...but i might be crap help :lol:

i am going to be started meds that treat OCD soon...

OCD treatment/therapy might be of use?
 

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i sometimes try counting or reading labels and things...

just saying to myself to accept things...

it is hard to think what actually gets you through the day...

wish i could help more really...for all our sakes :D

i try thinking about the next day...what i plan to do....if i need to phone anyone...is there something i needed to say to someone....is there something i need to get in town....

that is all i can really think of to be honest...

feel free to PM me anytime...but i might be crap help :lol:

i am going to be started meds that treat OCD soon...

OCD treatment/therapy might be of use?
 

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Hi FemCat,

When I was at my worst with OC thoughts, the best and easiest thing I was ever told was to just say "stop". I know, it sounds way too simplistic, huh? Well, start today and everytime you start your negative thinking say stop. This will last for just a short while and you'll be right back at it again. So again, the simple stop word. If you would try this for a day you might find that you become more aware of exactly what you keep revisting in your head and you get tired of telling yourself stop.

What can I say, it worked and at times still works for me.

Good luck,
terri
 

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Hi FemCat,

When I was at my worst with OC thoughts, the best and easiest thing I was ever told was to just say "stop". I know, it sounds way too simplistic, huh? Well, start today and everytime you start your negative thinking say stop. This will last for just a short while and you'll be right back at it again. So again, the simple stop word. If you would try this for a day you might find that you become more aware of exactly what you keep revisting in your head and you get tired of telling yourself stop.

What can I say, it worked and at times still works for me.

Good luck,
terri
 

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I totally understand you cat, everything you've said applies to me as well. you know ive had DP for 16 months already and those first 6 months were the worse for me talking bout obsessive thinking.

i still experience it now but it is as if my mind has somehow adjusted to it, the viscous cycle of going in circles thinking about life and meaning and reality and all.

whenever i feel that i'm about to exploe like my feet is not on the ground i normally remind myself that this is the DP at work and somehow somewhere out there , reality exists ...but at times when it is too strong, i can't handle it -- i try to push myself to move my body and do physical work, just to remind myself that i have a body-- not only my mind--

that help me a lot, DP is my enemy and i'll deal with it no matter how long it takes, to survive,its my illness and i have to face it and never give up...

you know its like-- im in an absolutely strange world, foreign ,and DP always is there to trick me , my mind,to make me believe that this is the truth and there's no reality... and all those stupid thoughts and nonsense which honestly, sometimes feels like the truth... god bless and good luck
 

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I totally understand you cat, everything you've said applies to me as well. you know ive had DP for 16 months already and those first 6 months were the worse for me talking bout obsessive thinking.

i still experience it now but it is as if my mind has somehow adjusted to it, the viscous cycle of going in circles thinking about life and meaning and reality and all.

whenever i feel that i'm about to exploe like my feet is not on the ground i normally remind myself that this is the DP at work and somehow somewhere out there , reality exists ...but at times when it is too strong, i can't handle it -- i try to push myself to move my body and do physical work, just to remind myself that i have a body-- not only my mind--

that help me a lot, DP is my enemy and i'll deal with it no matter how long it takes, to survive,its my illness and i have to face it and never give up...

you know its like-- im in an absolutely strange world, foreign ,and DP always is there to trick me , my mind,to make me believe that this is the truth and there's no reality... and all those stupid thoughts and nonsense which honestly, sometimes feels like the truth... god bless and good luck
 

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hi cat

i read in some anxiety literature recently that if the body's relaxed the mind's relaxed. so what i'm doing when unwanted thoughts start is saying to myself 'what can i do to relax my body/mind?'
if i'm at home i run a hot bath, ask partner for a massage(doesnt always work). after i put on the tv, make a calming drink(like herbal tea) make the room cosy and sit/lie in a relaxed position. i then tell myself 'this is nice, relaxing watching tv'. it worked nicely last night
 

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hi cat

i read in some anxiety literature recently that if the body's relaxed the mind's relaxed. so what i'm doing when unwanted thoughts start is saying to myself 'what can i do to relax my body/mind?'
if i'm at home i run a hot bath, ask partner for a massage(doesnt always work). after i put on the tv, make a calming drink(like herbal tea) make the room cosy and sit/lie in a relaxed position. i then tell myself 'this is nice, relaxing watching tv'. it worked nicely last night
 
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