I think I am on the road to recovery because I basically did a 180. I see this as a good sign.
I've had DP for four months, now. The first three months were mostly just derealization. My environment looked warped, things looked 2D, it looked like a glass lense was in front of everything I was seeing, everything was blurry, out of focus, bla bla... horrible stuff.
Then, my vision shifted into 3D but things were still blurry and hazy and depth perception and the way the light hit things looked different than before DP. But they no longer looked too 'unreal' or bizarre. It sort of feels like my brain is trying to re-focus on everything around me.
Now, my vision is slowly becoming less and less blurry and it feels like my brain is trying so hard to focus on everything without it being blurry, out of whack, and hazy looking.
In fact. my vision got a lot better. Things still look weird but I'd say they are like 10 - 15% away from looking normal. I can't wait for this dreadful out-of-focus and brain fatigue sensation to be gone. It feels like my brain has been looking through a foggy mosaic glass for four months and now it's returning things slowly back into focus, and, it's just having an issue with adjusting to everything 100%. I guess it's a sign of recovery but may take another month, two, or three.
In certain lighting situations, I feel 5 - 10% away from being normal. When the lights are dim, my brain feels like it doesn't have to focus on too much so it cools off a bit. Then, I go into Wal Mart, where it's really freaking bright and there are hundreds of things on the shelves and my brain goes "Really? You're making me look at all this stimulating crap?!"
So... I guess when you feel 5 - 10% away from being normal, it's a good sign. My problem is that my issue has always been DR more than DP. Now that my DR is going down and my reality and the world is slowly coming back into focus, I now am having more DP... -_- In fact, now that my DR is going SO well, the DP has decided to come in and become the more dominant of the two.
I don't know if that could be a sign or not, but, I imagine that flip flopping between the two is normal. Today, though, I did an epsom salt magnesium foot soak for almost an hour and I felt so blissfully happy, had clarity, and felt so giddy and full of joy. Lasted... a whole two hours. So, another sign of recovery is when you can feel like yourself, if only for a little bit.
Being tired and fatigued sometimes tricks me into thinking my DP/DR got worse. In reality, I always got loopy and out of it when really sleepy, even when I did have DP/DR. I keep reminding myself that it's normal to feel out of whack when tired and staying up late to get something done or finished. With DP, though, being tired, for me, feels so much worse than feeling tired did before this madness. So, I highly recommend sleeping before your brain becomes too tired, because, one thing that really put a damper on me recovering sooner are the times when I got very tired, loopy, and out of whack, and started having panic attacks and thoughts that my DP/DR got much worse, when, in reality, it was just the already present DP + the tiredness...