1) These disorders are a form of mental illness involving breakdowns or a disruption in memory, consciousness, and/or perception of identity. When one or more of these functions are disrupted, symptoms typically result involving a distorted perception of the body. The person may feel like he/she is outside their body, as if they were in a dream.
Typical descriptions by those suffering from Depersonalization disorder (DPD) include feeling as though I am: made of cotton wool, a robot, going through the motions, on automatic pilot. Some people have a distorted perception of their body, causing them to feel as if they are invisible. They feel as if they are simply observing rather than participating in their life and actions.
2) Depersonalization Disorder effects ones emotions and behavior. It’s generally characterized by a change in how one perceives experiences or sense of self. It’s as if all reality ceases to exist; the feeling of being detached or being in a dream, only the person affected by this order realizes he/she is not in a dream but and yet has no ability to control the sensation. Often victims of Depersonalization disorder feel as if they are going insane, though this is rarely the case.
Patients describe their feelings of being unreal and their emotions dull. Actions feels mechanical—sometimes even robotic in nature.
My point is... my pdoc dx me with ADHD.... because of my inability to pay attention and stuff. But, what I experience is way more outside of me than simply not paying attention. I have had some severe outer body experiences, but I have mild ones all the time. For example, the last few days I have described almost exactly like what is highlighted in red. The red is definite. Things that I have most certainly thought to myself as how to describe what is happening to me. The surrounding black describes it, but the red is most important.
Should I ask my doctor about this? I dont want him to think that I am just reading a bunch of stuff and think that I have something.... And I dont want him to be offended if I ask about it vs. ADHD... because I honestly dont think I have adhd... It makes sense that I cant pay attention, but thats because its like Im watching everything thats going on outside of myself... Thats why I dont pay attention.. ADHD doesnt make sense to me... Im not hyper at all. I rarely even talk or anything. I dont know...... how should I go about talking to him about it??
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