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How did you recover?
What caused your dp do you think?
What in your experience were the signs you were on the right path to recovery? before it happened....(e.g I've heard migraines are a good sign ur coming back)
Was it sudden? Was it slow?
Did you get back everything? Are past memories as vivid as they used to be? Is it still hard to remember the painful stuff? Does everything feel real?
Is it scary at first to be back?
Does passion come back? like does it really? Do dreams and fears come back like they used to be before the numbness?
How long were you Dp'ed?

Anything else you want to mention and/or feel is relevant?

We study so much the disease and yet there isn't nearly as much questions and fleshing out about the becoming free part, of recovery. I'm not curious about dp. I'm curious about how those that got out did, what it feels like to be out, if everything goes back to how it used to be, what it felt like, etc.

:) Thanks in advance! May life grant all your dreams.
 

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Great questions !!must be a wonderful feeling to get your life back. Still waiting for that beautiful day to come :-( good luck everyone.
 

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I would encourage anyone going through this do do recovery "right", while you're in this state of being anyway. Get help with the trauma, to remember and re-frame the feelings attached to the memories. And release the emotions! Then, when dp goes away, you will feel like yourself, but more balanced than before, more sure you won't get dp'd again. I promise the fear you have about not being yourself again is based on an illusion. You will be completely normal and yourself again :) The signs you are coming back might be that you feel more emotion, you start to have a sense of smell again if you've been really deep into this, your mental state might feel different every day for a while, even scary different. Your consciousness will be more outward going than now for sure, your thoughts will be a lot quieter :)
 

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I would encourage anyone going through this do do recovery "right", while you're in this state of being anyway. Get help with the trauma, to remember and re-frame the feelings attached to the memories. And release the emotions! Then, when dp goes away, you will feel like yourself, but more balanced than before, more sure you won't get dp'd again. I promise the fear you have about not being yourself again is based on an illusion. You will be completely normal and yourself again :) The signs you are coming back might be that you feel more emotion, you start to have a sense of smell again if you've been really deep into this, your mental state might feel different every day for a while, even scary different. Your consciousness will be more outward going than now for sure, your thoughts will be a lot quieter :)
Thank you so much .. Can you please give me some answers, I have some other questions
 

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Sure, what do you want to know?
Thank you sooo much.. I have so 10 months now, I get better generally, but My dp is stronger at night and it scared me, and when I feel so afraid I feel so sad too, because I thought I was so close to recover then I feel new things like an extrem jamais Vu and this frustrated me so much.. Is this normal to feel a strong dp at night and feel sorrow even if I'm close to recover ?
 

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First of all, yes, it's normal that it feels stronger at night. You might want to look into something that can help you sleep. It can be taking a walk before bed, getting some energy out of your system.. Or you might need something stronger, like medication. If you decide you need medication, make sure it's something that will not get you on an emotional rollercoaster. Being balanced is the key to recovery!

Deja vu and things like that is also normal, just ignore it if you can. Try not to expect recovery to happen, if you can go about your day and reduce stress, you will find the balance you need to feel like yourself eventually.
 

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First of all, yes, it's normal that it feels stronger at night. You might want to look into something that can help you sleep. It can be taking a walk before bed, getting some energy out of your system.. Or you might need something stronger, like medication. If you decide you need medication, make sure it's something that will not get you on an emotional rollercoaster. Being balanced is the key to recovery!

Deja vu and things like that is also normal, just ignore it if you can. Try not to expect recovery to happen, if you can go about your day and reduce stress, you will find the balance you need to feel like yourself eventually.
I don't believe in medications actually, it's because of them I have dp unfortunately.
Do you think it's OK to feel this even if I'm too close to end all of this?
 

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On a very general basis, I'd say you shouldn't discard all medication. I'm not qualified to give advice on them, but I want to say I started to take a very low dose of a benzodiazepine every night and took them for much longer than recommended, and it helped me through the worst time. I've had bad reactions to SSRI's and would not take them myself.

There really isn't one answer to the medication question, I do strongly believe dp is about a stress reaction being stuck, so try to stick with a routine where your life is as stress free as possible.

There are many ways to reduce stress, but all of them can BECOME stress too, so listen to your own body.

-Nature; looking at trees are proven to reduce stress and pain, even pictures of trees and nature.

-Music

-Talking about what is difficult to a friend, but not only about dp! Try to talk and then release the emotions as you go along (cry, be angry, laugh..)

-Take a train ride, or a boat trip, get away for a bit.

-Be around animals to take the focus off yourself

-Stretch out your muscles every morning and whenever you can, like cats do.. It's very good for dp!

-Do things that shifts your awareness from the intellect to your body, like work with your hands, sort your junk drawer, throw a ball with someone, paint, dance...

Never get too stressed or too exhausted. If you get very disoriented, go home and relax.

Dp is not the end, your life has value and you will get better.
 

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One significant problem with this entire disease, or whatever it is, is that subjective accounts of symptoms only go so far. Verbal descriptions can be (mis)interpreted wildly, and thus it may be that even though you can relate to what the other person is saying, they may still feel something significantly different because of the possible differences between what the person who described the symptoms meant and how you interpreted them. There isn't even any confirmation that what we (seemingly) collectively go through is at all the same thing or caused by the same thing. It could be that to person A, this DP/DR is entirely different than to person B. Person C might, again, have a different perception/feeling. Yet all of these people might describe their symptoms as strikingly similar to each other.

This issue is all the more relevant because these symptoms are inherently difficult to put into words: something like "spaced out" is very open for interpretation. Hence, it may be that what worked for someone else might very well do absolutely nothing for you; what these people recovered or did not recover from may have next to nothing to do with what you're going through-even if seemingly their symptoms seem to match yours, at least partially. Unfortunately, though, verbal descriptions of symptoms and trial & error is all we have to go by as of now.

This is why I encourage everyone to explore what works for them and not rely too much on the accounts of others in regard to recovery. Recovery stories are definitely worth sharing, though.

Dp is not the end, your life has value and you will get better.
Absolutely, and even if you never got better or cured, your life still has value. This doesn't have to, and doesn't, mean that life is over.
 
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