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I'm thinking that some kind of extreme stressful circumstances cause the dp.dr We were once normal and able to handle things in life like others, and something imploded our system and caused us to withdraw into ourselves, complete with other self-defence mechanisms, checking, being afriad of others, etc.

what if the way to recovery is simply to acknowledge the fact that it's possible to go back "out" of the dp. day by day, using self-help methods and other valuable tools we can get better. the key is dealing with anxiety in depression. since dp.dr feasts on anxiety we need to do battle with it. in my opinion resisting the condition only makes it worse, so we need to accept the condition, that way there is more room for getting better.

personally i think about it every day, how i could've been totally fine and normal like other people, not having to be stuck with this bullshit. but the more i think negatively about it the worse it gets. and the more i think positive thoughts the more i can feel more or less normal again. it's all in your head, yes, it's easy to say but not so easy to do.

i'm still paranoid of going outside and paranoid of all the things i need to do/be, but i guess i have no choice but to keep on keepin on, like they say

so: identify the stress factors
minimize stress to the nervous system
find ways of dealing with anxiety and depression
and try to be more outgoing

thats my strat for now
 

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Exactly right on your strategy, Universal.

Hoping each day gets better for you. With those strategical points you are well on your way.

I also wanted to add that your signature brought a smile to my face.

Thanks. :)
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I often tell individuals that Depression is such an insidious and difficult disorder because what helps cure you is usually what you fear most. What I mean by this: When you are depressed, you often fear or feel that you are unable to leave your house, to get out of bed, or to take part in activities that in the past provided you enjoyment. However, if you do take part in leaving the house, getting out of bed, and getting back to those hobbies and friendships -- you begin feeling better. So, one of the most powerful cures for depression is exactly what an individual with depression fears most. Your cure is one of your biggest fears.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is very useful for working through the steps to get you out the door. Another variant of CBT, called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which has a more Eastern philosophical component, is very powerful, and is a wonderful treatment for anxiety, depression, compulsion, fear, and even general human interaction. A brief bit about DBT from a clinic I recommend in Portland, Oregon: http://www.portlanddbt.com/Introduction.html

Best of luck,

David
 

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hmmmm well you know that DP and DR are forms of dissalusion right? And commomly you will find that people will slip into a form of dissalusion when being raped or something traumatic is happening becaus the mind is trying to hide from it...
 
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