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Who's had a concussion?

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Just curious how many people here have had a concussion. Seems like there's a pretty strong connection to head injuries and DP. I know for me, looking back on my life, my DP really started after suffering a concussion at age 15. I also know of another person I met recently who had a similar story, hitting his head then smoking weed afterwords and getting severe DP. If you search "concussion" there's quite a few posts here about people with similar stories. Not saying DP is a result of concussions exclusively, but perhaps there could be a connection between concussions and drugs and those already predisposed based on genetics or upbringing...
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I walked under a car park barrier that came down and hit me directly on the top of my head about 5 months before I got DP. It really fucking hurt and scared the shit out of me, I was convinced some damage had been done. I'm not sure if the two are related in my case. I know that head injuries can cause depersonalisation. I had an MRI scan earlier this week and I'm expecting the results in a couple of weeks. I suppose its possible that my brain looks structurally normal and that the head injury could still have been the cause of my DP. But I'd still like to rule out any physical damage.

Pages 93-95 of Depersonalization: A New Look at a Neglected Syndrome looks at DP following head trauma.

Billy D.P., what was your head injury? How long afterwards did your DP symptoms start?
Well, this is what's weird: I was smoking a lot of pot at the time... like, at least several times a day. Yet I never had any known mental illness before this and pretty much never smoked enough weed to cause me any problems whatsoever. But after I got a concussion (skiing accident) I remember going downhill really fast. I started getting self conscious, started getting anxiety when I smoked and within a few months I was starting to dissociate every time I got high. And then the wheels just totally fell off and I got DP about four months later.

I think the crazy thing about this is that I never put this whole thing together till now. I knew there was a time when things just shifted and I couldn't handle weed anymore, but I could never figure out why. I'm still not 100 percent sure it was the concussion but it's the only thing I can point to that I remember and it just fits the timeline perfectly for when this all started.

I dunno, just wanted to see what everyone else thought. Seems like quite a few people have a link to some kind of head injury though...
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