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how common is derealisation/depersonalisation?
« on: May 13, 2014, 06:49:31 PM »
Had anxiety on and off for years but recently am feeling very strange in the world.

How common is derealisation/depersonalisation with anxiety/depression?

Does it leave the same way as other anxiety symptoms do? I.E with meds and cbt training?

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Re: how common is derealisation/depersonalisation?
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2014, 07:11:10 PM »
Not the most common symptom, but certainly not something to worry about.

I had it for 4 months.. I sometimes "feel" it.. but the most part, its gone. Here's some tips I needed when I had it - They are so simple.

1) Ignore it. Don't wake up and check if you "feel real" - Try hard to get out of the habit.
2) Live your life as normal, occupying yourself.

Once you utilize the 2 above and you will realise it will start to fade. I promise you. If you ignore it, it will leave.

You will NOT go 'crazy' from it - It's merely a symptom of anxiety. Without it, it can't survive.

Keep strong, you'll get there!
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Re: how common is derealisation/depersonalisation?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 05:37:59 AM »
Thanks man, one of them things I have never had it before so its alarming,

actually let me quickly describe it to you because I am not 100% convinced it is dp/dr.

I basically feel pretty spaced out and detached from the world going on around me, when I look at people when they are talking to me I feel not always in the moment.

Will
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Re: how common is derealisation/depersonalisation?
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2014, 12:43:24 PM »
That's definitely typical of DP/DR and I'm going through a bad patch of it at the moment, I just have to keep reminding myself that it is harmless and is only there because I am going through an extended/high period of anxiety and that as soon as I let it be, and stop thinking to myself 'do I feel better?' then it will fade and leave. :)
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Re: how common is derealisation/depersonalisation?
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2014, 07:34:05 PM »
That sounds like DR/DP due to anxiety. I've had it in the past, it went away for quite a while and just came back last week. I think pollen allergies plays a big part in my DP/DR. My head and ears get congested and I feel spaced out. My anxiety feeds off of that feeling and the DP/DR worsens. I live in NJ and the pollen is unbelievably high this year so my allergies are horrific. If I try and go about my daily activities, it settles down a bit.
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Re: how common is derealisation/depersonalisation?
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2014, 05:38:51 AM »
Can it fade with meds? I have had some horrible depression and anxiety issues this past few weeks and am considering going back on them.

Thanks for your replys guys
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Re: how common is derealisation/depersonalisation?
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2014, 11:10:27 AM »
I have depersonalization in relation to my anxiety and it is my least favourite symptom. I haven't found any meds that help with it specifically. The less panic attacks I have, the less I feel it but it is my most persistent symptom. I just try to remind myself it is just a feeling and I do things to keep my mind off of it because it can feel really scary.

Hang in there!
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