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Great post! I didn't thoroughly read it but I agree with everything here. I have some apple cider vinegar so I am going to look at the benefits and try some
 

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I read it thanks for the post, I always felt like I wanted to come back here once Im recovered too. I recovered from DP before. This time is during a very crazy part of my life though.
 
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Bragg's apple cider vinegar was the very first supplement I tried. While it is helpful, as are all of these suggestions, I think a lot of these all fall under the category of a step-by-step DP recovery process.
 

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I feel so close to being fully recovered. Im at the point where its only effecting my over all mood.
I had to do a lot of (selfhelp ) ive gotten to where I can be active and social and all of that using the tips and recovery storys.
I ask how did you feel like a week before you recovered
 

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wauw what a great post! I envy you I wish I was there as well, I feel very depressed for the moment, stopped working, take meds, sleep 11 hours every night.
i do rebirthing, breathing and she also says stop your self pity! your post really helps...if you can recover so can I. Did you also have times when you were extremely tired? Perhaps it s from the meds but I prefer taking thm for now, I had suicidal thoughts...
 

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Man, this post is amazing. Thank you! Your words have boosted my confidence.It's so awesome to see someone who got through this. I know I'm going to get better someday, and as soon as I do I'm coming straight back to this forum and helping out anyone I can. God bless!
 
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wauw what a great post! I envy you I wish I was there as well, I feel very depressed for the moment, stopped working, take meds, sleep 11 hours every night.
i do rebirthing, breathing and she also says stop your self pity! your post really helps...if you can recover so can I. Did you also have times when you were extremely tired? Perhaps it s from the meds but I prefer taking thm for now, I had suicidal thoughts...
Thanks for the feedback!


When I took the benzos, of course I got sleepy, which was sometimes awesome because I found it tough to actually sleep with DP/DR. Ironically, I was always tired, always fatigued and just wanted to lay in bed all day, but when it came time to actually fall asleep at night, it was difficult with the thoughts in my head and I didn't want to rely on the meds to get a good night sleep...that's where the books & meditation tapes came in. The tapes helped for obvious reasons, but the books I read were also helpful because I wasn't reading books to distract myself, I was reading books to help myself; therefore I would read til I basically fell asleep with my Kindle still on! It gets easier, I mean now that I am recovered I am still fatigued most days, and I have trouble falling asleep at night and falling back asleep when I wake up at an early hour, but it's because I have underlying anxiety issues, and my mind just races when it should be relaxed. I'd rather feel REAL stress and REAL anxiety though, than the disoriented thoughts and stresses of having DP/DR. If the meds are helping, absolutely keep taking them! There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel good sometimes. But still remember to keep up with other things to help when the meds aren't available or if you eventually plan to taper off of them.

As for being suicidal.....you need to know that you are physically healthy and capable, the DP/DR is just some unfortunate way that you're seeing and feeling life FOR THE MOMENT, but it does go away, it will go away. I had suicidal thoughts too; I never attempted it or considered actually doing it, but it did cross my mind that suicide would mean I wouldn't have to deal with this awful brain fog / dream-like state any longer. I am sorry you feel that way, I think we have all been there in some way or form, but DP/DR is never a reason to end your life! I'm here for support if you ever need it! Good luck on your journey to finding the old you again
 
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Just got my Braggs and took my first dose. What exactly is it that i'm looking to feel? lol and how long till you notice anything?
Here is the Bragg website, if you scroll to the middle of the page it tells you the benefits. But basically it does a lot of good, the most important are that it is rich in enzymes and potassium, promotes healthy immune system & helps remove body toxins. All of these things will have you feeling better and thinking more clearly, thus reducing the severity of DP/DR. I know when I was sick with the flu or another illness, my DP/DR always felt 100x worse. By keeping your body healthy, regulated and free of toxins, you're feeling better and it gives less stress and pain for the DP/DR to feed off of. As for how long it takes to work, everybody is different. I had a friend who felt better within hours after taking it, for me it took about a week before I started feeling a little more energetic and things were not necessarily "clearer," but less fuzzy and distant like it often is with DP/DR. I think it may have a lot to do with how healthy you are when you start it. The healthier you are, the longer it may take to really see the effects while the more unhealthy you are, you'll begin to feel it right away as there is more need for the nutrients and toxin cleanse. There is no down side to taking ACV, and no side effects, so there is no harm in it! I take 2tbsp with a cup of water morning and one again at night. You'll get used to the taste, trust me! I just gulp it down as fast as I can and follow it up with a glass of regular ice water. Let me know when you start feeling the effects!
http://bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html
 
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wow your cute as hell but good post and I also recommend b-12 shots they reduce stress and fatigue
Thank you haha! And yes I was taking a lot of B-vitamins at one point, until I lost the bottle somewhere in a friends' car and never picked up on it again. But I was taking two a day and definitely felt more alert, clear-minded, and definitely less stressful. Thanks for mentioning this, vitamin B is so important with any sort of neurological issue and I can't believe I forgot to throw it in there !
 
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Did you have also Derealization? like the world was somehow weird and ''2D''? that goes away either?
I will be honest. Before the DP/DR really went away for good, I was feeling better and thinking clearer, but the way the world looked and felt to me was the last thing to go away. It's so hard to explain how the world looks, I can't even put it into words myself. But at some point, it very slowly got back to normal. Every once in a while I will have a flash of DP/DR, when I have bad anxiety or I am really stressed and feel panicky, the first (and sometimes only) part of the DP/DR that returns is the way the world looks and feels around me. But trust me, be patient, with time it will go away and you will be so happy that you took the time and energy to see this thing through! Best of luck to you and I'm here for support and encouragement whenever you're feeling lost
 
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ah yes and how much of this apple cider vinegar do yu need to take? one spoon or?
Two tbsp of Bragg ACV mixed with a glass of water, once in the morning & once at night (usually following a meal...I have a very sensitive stomach so I don't like to take something like that on an empty stomach. I have before, and I felt a little indigestion but nothing awful!) Some people like to add honey to it, I just like to chug it pretty quickly and follow it up with some ice water to get the acidic taste out of my mouth! They recommend mixing it with water because undiluted, the acid in it can be pretty harsh on your teeth and mouth! Let me know how it goes
 
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I feel so close to being fully recovered. Im at the point where its only effecting my over all mood.
I had to do a lot of (selfhelp ) ive gotten to where I can be active and social and all of that using the tips and recovery storys.
I ask how did you feel like a week before you recovered
It's difficult to remember how my DP/DR felt the week before I recovered. This is because for that week, I was really happy, I was moving hours away to a beach town to live with my sister for a few months. I was going out with friends who wanted to say bye before I left, I was newly single and for some reason felt pretty, and I was just in general really happy and excited where my new life would take me. I no longer had the incessant stress of dating someone who caused most of my anxiety and depression for over a year, and I had just worked my last day at a job that caused tons of stress in my life. I was just care free and had no obligations or plans. I had so much other things to think about (moving, packing, friends, 12 hour drive, etc) that I had no time to harp on the feelings of DP/DR. That's why I recommend staying active or at least busy. The less you think about the DP/DR, the less it exists. Within two weeks of living in my new home and meeting a great guy, I realized suddenly that my DP/DR fogginess was no longer there. It wasn't like a "snap" back to reality, more of a gradual, but effective transition into the "real" world.

Selfhelp and being social is so important in recovering from this! I feel SO happy for you that you are almost fully recovered! The best thing to do for you at this point is get all the advice and encouragement you can from this forum, then stay off for a few days or weeks while you keep track of your life...you don't want to be like me and come on here for encouragement but end up reading a depressing post instead! But make sure you come back to tell everyone your wonderful recovery story, and I am always here for any help or support if you need it! Good luck
 
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I read it thanks for the post, I always felt like I wanted to come back here once Im recovered too. I recovered from DP before. This time is during a very crazy part of my life though.
I get tiny relapses since, nothing too crazy. I find it encouraging to know thought that if I beat it before, I can do it again, and the second time around I have all this advice and experience and just the knowledge that this is NOT forever. It's really something you can't just hope for and wait for, it's something you need to either confront head on and admit that you have it but not let it hold you back, or just ignore it completely while living your life and keeping yourself busy. Simple things I like to do were jigsaw puzzles and any sort of Dell or Pennypress Variety Word Puzzle magazines (at most bookstores and in the magazine sections at Walmart or Target)...they are great, simple, cheap and easy ways to keep your mind busy and off the DP/DR, like a nice little break from "reality". You overcame this before, you will absolutely do it again.I have faith in you and know you can achieve your freedom from this once more.
 

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Thank you for replying! I still have these doubts that it won t go away, but I have to start believing that is does go away it will only help me.
 
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