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Does anyone else feel like they are losing touch with reality?
« on: December 26, 2013, 04:25:50 PM »
This is my first time posting into a forum and I am hoping I can hear from others that experience the same problems. I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder when I was 16. I was able to get treatment and have been feeling a lot better the past 4 years or so. Then 3 weeks ago I went to the ER for a pain in my side. It turns out it was nothing, but they gave me medicine. I went home and got very sick which is something that makes my anxiety high. Usually afterwards it goes away though. This time my anxiety stayed and a new feeling also came along with it. I felt as if I was in a dream. It was terrifying. It was like I reacted the same way I normally do however I could not feel the reaction. For instance I would laugh but could not feel why I was laughing. I convinced myself I must be about to lose touch with reality because that is what it felt like. Then, I thought this is what psychopaths must feel like and started becoming so afraid that I was going to start thinking of hurting people that I tried to commit myself to the mental hospital. They told me it was anxiety and sent me home. The fear was so real, it felt so real that I was going to become those people we here about on the news! I cannot stop thinking about it. I still feel like I am about to lose touch with reality; like I am hanging by a thread. Now (because my mother said people like that hear voices to tell them to do that stuff) I am convinced I am about to start hearing voices on top of about to lose touch with reality. I cannot even sleep in my room because it is too dark and quiet (I sleep in the living room). The fears are so real and it is taking over my life. I cannot get out of my own head, literally. I have been diagnosed with GAD now as well and am exhibiting symptoms of OCD the doctor at the ER said. If that is the case, why does it feel so real and why am I convinced that I am different; that these things are going to happen to me? I apologize for the length. Any advice, stories, etc. is much appreciated!
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Re: Does anyone else feel like they are losing touch with reality?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2013, 06:39:32 PM »
Hi!

Sorry to hear you are going through this, it sounds very scary.  Have you thought about going to see a therapist?  I don't experience the same state, but I definitely know how scary anxiety can be.  I am a constant worrier so I know how it can take over your life.  I can't offer much in the way of advice because I am also new here, but sometimes it helps just to have someone to talk to.  Having someone to talk to can help take your mind off things.
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Re: Does anyone else feel like they are losing touch with reality?
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2013, 06:57:28 PM »
Hello,

Welcome to the forum . . . it's great that you have come by and posted . . .

First, you can write as much as you want here . . . this is your space to write and to read and anyone who comes here feels comfortable in doing that . . .so never fear about the length . . .

Your symptoms, and I am not a med professional, are not uncommon . . . when you were at ER, why did they give you meds? Do you know what the meds were? Might you have had a reaction to the meds? Sometimes for folks with anxiety (myself included), an unrelated trigger can start an anxiety episode . . .you say that you have been diagnosed with GAD and are now exhibiting symptoms of OCD according to the ER doc. . . have you been diagnosed with OCD by a specialist? . . . the reason why I ask is that anxiety encourages us to acquire symptoms that we may not actually have . . . it's a nasty little game that anxiety hits us with . . . for example, your Mom inadvertently planted the suggestion that people losing touch with reality hear voices and now you are convinced that you are going to hear voices . . .

Here's my best suggestion . . . if at all possible, get a referral to a counselor, not necessarily a psychiatrist . . . you want to deal with the root causes and not just the symptoms . . . .you may have to try out a couple of counselors until you find one that aligns with your needs . . .this is okay . . . . if a mental health institution believes that you are suffering from anxiety, then there is a good chance that is what is happening . . . again, sometimes we assume symptoms that we don't really have . . .sometimes it comes from looking up stuff on the Internet, sometimes from what other people say, and sometimes from movies or television . . .you need to reground yourself in reality and that is most effectively and efficiently accomplished with the help of a counselor . . . .

You are different; each of us is different . . . . but you were able to work through major depressive disorder so you have the strength of character to deal with this issue also . . . you need support and help without a doubt from a professional, but you need to have your own commitment that you can engage in the recovery process which you can . . . it will not be easy; there may be bumps in the road; but you will persevere  . . . . and, by all means, come back here . . .write as much as you like and if we can do anything to support you, you will find that this community will be here for you . . .take care, kc
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Re: Does anyone else feel like they are losing touch with reality?
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2013, 07:02:24 PM »
Sounds like derealization. If you're going to legitimately lose you mind, you won't be there to control it, so there's no real point in worrying about it. It's not something you plan for. I think you're just experiencing derealization. That's what that dream state is. I would suggest you see some kind of counselor or something though.

The trick to overcoming anxiety is to act as if you don't have it (as best you can). So like, what would you do in life if you didn't feel this way?

The more time you spend trying to manage the symptoms and control how it feels, the more time is wasted and the farther away you get from things improving. It's like quicksand.
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Re: Does anyone else feel like they are losing touch with reality?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2013, 11:24:23 AM »
I am so sorry this is happening to you. A few things:

1) The dream-like state you're experiencing is called derealization, or brain fog. Completely normal with high anxiety.

2) If you were really losing your mind, you wouldn't know it. If you're afraid of becoming a psychopath, YOU AREN'T ONE!

3) ALL of those thoughts you are thinking are anxiety!

You have anxiety. You are not going crazy. You are not going to become a psychopath. You just need help.

I know this may not be reassuring, but everything will be okay. Promise. =)

Talk to your doc about treatment.
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Dx: GAD, HA, BPD. LPR and peptic ulcer. Possible fibro.

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Re: Does anyone else feel like they are losing touch with reality?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2013, 02:11:11 PM »
Thank you all for your replies! I am having a better day today and your posts made my day even better. I love the encouragement from all of you. As for medication yes, I am in the middle of changing. However, this was after I went to the ER that my doctor decided to change my medication. Also, I am seeing a counselor again and she told me that she thinks I may have OCD which is anxiety driven. Meaning when my anxiety is higher it is worse. I am just hoping I can have an entirely good day. The thought "If I am not worrying about losing touch with reality then it is going to happen" is trying to creep back into my mind, but I am trying hard to fight it off. You are right though, if I could conquer Major Depressive Disorder than I can conquer this too! Let's just hope I have the same positive attitude in an hour from now.
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