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I wanted to have a discussion on some of the thoughts you guys are thinking

mine include

-questioning if things are real

- what is life?

- I'm alone in my body, watching myself (weird I wanted to know if you guys have this one)

- how do I function?

- are people real

I have a ton more but those are the main ones. Please comment with some of yours. I also wanted to know how to stop these thoughts, I know you cant stop thoughts, but how do you make them come less frequently. If someone who is recovering, or is recovered could answer that one.
 
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The best way to deal with the thoughts is just let them be, don't fear them, or analyse them, or make them out to be more important than they are. These thoughts can't hurt you; their just rubbish your exhausted mind is spitting out and your anxiety is latching onto. When you stop fearing these thoughts you won't pick up on them as much and they will slowly stop coming.
 

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Mine are very similar, all of sudden this wave of unreality hits where i question my very existence. I have felt it enough to know that it is nothing more than a thought and a feeling that stems from an exhausted mind...I am aware of these thoughts therefore they make me anxious and they reoccur. It is a very terrifying feeling but also very easy to call bullshit on it once it has crossed your mind so many times. Like the reply above i have learned to accept these thoughts and feelings, therefore i do not fear them. They simply come and go...over time they will dissipate.
 

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Well, as an example - when I was young, I had a stone jumping game. It was a variation of the common 'don't step on the ground game'. The variation was this: At each choice for a next stone to jump to stone I would sometimes think: "Perhaps I have existed before, and done this all before, exactly so. Is it possible to choose a new stone this time? Or will it always be the same stone? If it has been exactly so every time, then even this thought about wondering if it's possible to choose a new path was thought before as well". And I would jump, stone to stone, wondering if it had been done before and if the path could have been different this time or if it must have always been the same, and forever always continue to be the same. As a post-DP twist I've since added this: maybe I don't choose a PATH at all. Maybe at each possible instant, everything that could have happened, DOES happen, and rather than choose a path, I only associate my self with one of the infinite possibilities.

The uncontrollable DP that I later experienced around 18-19 was a difficult one and it sure as hell made me question even more things about the world and myself than I ever would have wanted to. Unlike some people here though I don't think it was due to trauma - I was just always thinking things like this and just eventually had perceptual experiences that very literally turned my perspective of the world and myself inside out.

I experienced it in the manner that Susto seems to describe - an intensified awareness of 'where' you are in your mind. 'Normally' you feel like you are looking out of your eyes like they are windows out into the world or something - but with DP I was intensely aware that everything was in my mind. It was the suffocating mind-in-a-box sensation, feelings of complete isolation from 'outside' (where is outside then?) and inability to describe it all or relate to others that made it all extra-terrifying. As far as how the mind works I have an interest now in psychology, neurology, physics, but ultimately this is something that no one knows. The brain though - after all this I believe it's more like a rapid transit system for conducting electromagnetic waves rather than the source of consciousness - those waves, THOSE are what is alive and 'moving around' in there like some strange cloud - the brain itself is just a bunch of cold tunnels.
 

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Pretty much the same here Khan, trying to take everyones advice and just let them be there while living life normally.
 

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i never get thoughts like "am i real?" that question in itself doesnt even make sense. i just ask myself "why do i exist?" and what am i supposed to do?
 

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ive pretty much had everything up there, plus intrustive lashing out at people, some really bad dp/dr thoughts, becoming aware of my bodily sensations, who/what is my consciousness etc. i could go further but meh. they all pass the glass.
 
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