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Offline JamesS

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« on: January 05, 2014, 01:08:46 PM »
Hi everyone,

About a year ago I smoked a lot of weed, but I eventually had to stop because it made me feel derealized. I was then fine for a good six months until one day I was driving and it hit me out of nowhere again. Again I shook it off and was fine. However, about two months ago I was in the middle of a really stressful semester and I had another feeling of derealization which caused a severe panic attack. Anyway it got worse and worse until it happened again and that's when I started going online. I looked up everything and I came to the conclusion that it was anxiety, slowly I started to feel better. However, I ended up looking up schizophrenia which said anxiety and derealization are two of the early warning signs. THis is when I full on flipped out I was ready to drive myself to the hospital because I thought I was about to lose everything to this disease. I have not stopped reading about it since and it hasn't helped at all. I was having existential thoughts before but now I'm having these paranoid thoughts like they said would happen on the pages about schizophrenia and I feel like I could hallucinate at any moment. Has anyone else felt this way during their anxiety and if so what did you say to yourself to calm yourself down?

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Re: Derealization
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2014, 04:44:03 AM »
I've had the same thing happen to me after smoking before. (The derealization.) I also get those feelings sometimes still, but that's all they are -- feelings, memories. You remember what the derealization felt like and your brain is relaying it to you because it was a stressful event and you are latching onto it with the OCD. I go through the exact same thing still. I just tell myself to remember that everything is in fact real and to shake it off.
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