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as well as having the symptoms I have mentioned, I always want to have a shower, it is like maybe I feel I am trying to wash it away. I somehow feel a bit more normal when I am in the shower?

Anyone else have this?

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Yeah I know what you mean. Almost every time I have an extreme episode of DP, I wind up in the shower until someone pulls me out. There's a static white noise from the water, almost rhythmic, and the stimuli of the water on your skin.. makes it more bearable somehow. BUT, being in a fetal position, or crouched on the floor of the shower makes others quite uncomfortable, and so my partner almost always pulls me out of there after awhile. She is so patient and supportive. She sits with me and tries to help me focus on something, talks me back into "reality". sigh.
 

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I know how you feel. When I was in the throes of DR/DP, I used to have fantasies about standing beneath an ice-cold water fall and purging myself of the disease. I still do from time to time.

This is going to sound weird, and possibly dangerous, but when I had extreme anxiety or panic, I found that, and stop laughing at the back, that sticking my head under water (cold water) with my eyes open, relieved the anxiety. Of course, depending on your lung capacity, it isn't particually practical!! I recall, with deep embarrassment, that once I actually lay down in a cold bath with my nephews' snorkel on. It really calmed me down. Why? I haven't the foggiest. Perhaps it's something to do with escapism, but I can't be sure. Don't try this at home! :shock:
 
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