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So, I've been a member of this forum for a while, and I've frequented the forum when my DP gets really bad and I need reassurance that I'm not going crazy.

Anyway, I've been taking Celexa for about 2 years now, and though it seems to help some w/ the anxiety etc. it's just not been enough. I get in these bouts where I have really existential thinking, surreal feeling, regular panic attacks, and it has just been taking a toll on me. I've been shutting myself inside my apartment with little intention of ever going outside. It's bad enough that I can't get a job because I'm afraid I'll be fired if I end up missing days because of the panic/DP.

To get to my title statement, I'm sick of feeling just 'okay' 'sometimes', so I've been looking to alternative ways to help get rid of my anxiety, or at least learn to manage it so it's not negatively affecting my life so much. One day, I was speaking to a friend about my issues w/ anxiety, and she told me that her father (who is a behavioural optometrist) has also had great success with helping people with their anxiety.

Getting to my point: I went to see this doctor yesterday, and he put this little clamp thing on my ear that was feeding into a computer program, and he said to me, "Relax for 10 minutes, I'll be back." So I sat there for 10 minutes, and just relaxed, or whathaveyou. When he came back, he looked at the computer screen, and began to explain to me what the test was about. He was testing my autonomic nervous system, and the feedback told him/us that my sympathetic nervous system was very active, like overly active, which is the cause of anxiety/panic because, if any of you have researched, the sympathetic nervous system controls your 'fight or flight' response. So basically my 'fight or flight' response is in high gear all the time--thus my anxiety, and if you understand that DPD is a symptom of anxiety/stress then it makes sense why I'm feeling the way I do.

He explained to me that my body is not in "coherence", thus, my anxiety. To become "coherent" he recommended I purchase a devise for my iPhone, that reads my autonomic nervous system as his office computer does, but I could monitor myself at home while doing the breathing exercises that will correct my nervous system into being coherent. He told me he also had problems w/ anxiety/panic and that after doing these techniques he no longer has problems. He's also helped many other people.

I can't lie, I'm a little skeptical, but I am so by nature. I've bought the device he recommended found here at https://www.heartmathstore.com/, and I'm going to give it a shot. I will literally do anything to reclaim my life, and if anyone is interested, I will update with my progress and tell you if it helps.

Wish me luck!
 

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I remember when I was in treatment for bpd a few years ago, my therapist had that on her computer and we tried it a couple times, it was pretty neat. It wasn't really part of my treatment there, but it seemed interesting! I would love to know how it works out for you! :)
 

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I will definitely make a post once I get my connector, and then maybe try to update every week or two as I progress (or not).
 

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You should look into a Dysautonomia diagnosis, hyper POTS, or other neurological conditions that causes autonomic dysfunction, especially one with autioimmune pathology.
Depersonalization can often be a symptom of a more complicated neuroligical condition/disease. In fact, I personally think it is that and that only. Not to discourage your efforts here with this tool. Perhaps it will help you cope and reduce stress or something, but maybe check into some of the things mentioned. Check your blood pressure and pulse laying flat first thing in am and then take it again immediately after you stand up. If your blood pressure rockets up or drops real low by comparison to the laying position this could be a sign of pots. If pulse jumps from like 50 to over 100 could be pots. Don't buy so much into the psychological horeshit surrounding this condition. The only reason people end up thinking it has anything to do with that is because the don't have the diagnostic tools to really tell you what is causing the problem. One day they will hopefully. I know its hard to find docs to listen and deal with this stuff mainly cause they dont know enough about it so it's easier to pretend you have a pysch problem, but there are some out there that could maybe help. Takes a lot of patience and time but it could help you uncover what's causing the condition. Unless you spent four years in Iraq or had a major major traumatic event then I really doubt there is anything or than a neuro condition causing your DP. Anyway, that's just my 02. Hope I've been some help. Whatever the case hang in there and let us know if you get any relief from this thing.
 

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Long story short; I'm in a wheelchair, so your method has no use for me. I have a normal heart rate and low to normal blood pressure.
 
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