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TerriW
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/3/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi my Name is Terri and I have been suffering from severe anxiety and derealization since May of 2007. My therapist attributes this to PTSD, but I think I gave always been and anxious person. I had severe OCD for a few years in my 20's and it kind of went away on its own, it seemed to get worse as my stress levels increased. I guess I am just growing weary and impatient and wanting to feel good/normal again. The derealization makes me doubt my own existence and I feel like I am living in a dream, it was very scary when it 1st started but now its more annoying and wearing me down mentally. *sigh* I am taking klonopin 1.5 mg a day and I am going to ask my Dr. to try lamictal this week. I have tried many SSRI's but with no success, it actually increased my anxiety and derealization. I just wanted to introduce myself, and say hello to everyone on this forum. Terri

Twiggygal
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   Posted 1/3/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healing Well. *BIG HUGS*

Derealization is not fun at all. I can't stand it. I'll be driving down the road sometimes and the trees around me will start to feel fake and I will feel almonst like I'm not on the road anymore yet I am. I don't know how to explain it.

My sister's coworker has a 10 year old son that had a panic attack the other day at school. He was sent to the child psychiatrist and he simply said, "I'm was having a panic attack, I'm not having it anymore. I just had to pinch myself til it hurt to see if I was still real. Now I'm bleeding and I need a bandaid."

Amazing how young this can affect children. I remember my derealization starting at 12 years old and I thought I was actually insane. But years later I found out the title to it and am amazed at how many ppl are affected by it.

I am on Lexapro... I've tried Zoloft... and I'm going to a psychiatrist tomorrow to talk about benzos like klonopin (I was on ativan but my stupid doc took it away cuz I'm preggo without weaning but I still have some left til the appt)

I'm going to ask about a different anti-depressant or something because I'm not sure if it (the Lexapro) really helps. If I don't take a benzo like ativan or klonopin I'm severely anxious and panicky most of the time.


When I am more panicky my slight OCD seems to kick in too... where I have to check door likes five times to be convinced a door IS INDEED locked or I hit the lock button on my truck til it honks five times and then I'm finally convinced it's secure... weird little things like that but then when my panic is down my OCD also seems to go away.

So you're not alone by any means *BIG HUGS*

Welcome to the Healing Well family.

Twiggygal~
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stkitt
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   Posted 1/3/2008 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Terri

This is Kitt and Welcome to Healing Well and the A & P Forum.  You will find many warm and caring members here and I see you have already met one of our special members, Twiggy. 

We are here to support you in any way we can so keep posting and let us know if you have any questions.

Again a warm welcome.

Kitt


 
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TerriW
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 1/3/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you

stkitt
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   Posted 1/3/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Terri,

We are glad to have you and you are welcome.  Stay with us.

Kitt


 
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Junebug05
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   Posted 1/4/2008 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Terri,
 
Welcome and glad that you found this wonderful site.  I had depersonalization years ago when my anxiety was completely out of control, it is a scary feeling to say the least.  I hated that I couldn't feel like I could make contact with anyone and that I felt as if I was watching things happen rather than being a part of them.  Once I got the anxiety more under control it did get better in time...it took a long time for it to go away.  Now I get short periods of it, but like you said it's more of an annoyance now than something that scares me, though when I first notice it it does throw me for a bit.  I had kind of the same reaction to all the anti-depressants I've taken that you did, it seemed to make me feel more out of it than help.  I do hope that you will continue to post here!

Howlyncat
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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 1/4/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Great to have you aboard
read some posts and get to know the family here
I know the support will be mind blowing at times
Believe me I have had to have these ppl here help me thru many a trial and not once did they ever fail or let me down
THIS is why they are my family

STAY with us

LYN


Junebug....great input


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TerriW
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/4/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the warm welcome, I have read several posts and this seems like a great place for support and understanding.

Danxiety
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 322
   Posted 1/4/2008 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
hey terri_

Like the others have said, welcome. Derealization is really weird. I feel it at times as well, sometimes for days on end. Its hard to deal with and like you said, its just really draining. Hang in there! Hopefully you'll start to feel some relief soon. I've heard to that some people that suffer from PTSD don't realise it because they don't connect the emotional element with whatever happened. In your case, you maybe suffering from that, and its doesnt logically make sense that it would cause the derealization. I think it can, or if something happened, it could have triggered it. Regardless, i hope you find relief soon and i'm sorry to hear you're going through this.

take care_
dan
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/5/2008 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hoping you do stay with us and keep reading and posting......like I did say it is a family here an we do really care about one another

Be well

LYN
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wen4003
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   Posted 1/5/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Terri,
 
I'm so glad that you found Healing Well; this is a great place to be as we like family here - warm, caring and helpful to each other.  Even if we may not any have answers you will receive lots of support from all the great people here.
 
I too experience derealization, especially when I am under a lot of stress.  It's a very weird feeling as I feel like I'm just watching what's going on and not actually participating.  Lately I have had more episodes of this because I have had a lot of stress going on in my life than usual.  I don't really have any good answers for you - I would like some for myself too!  :)
 
But the best thing we can do for ourselves is to continue coming here and supporting each other.  I hope you stay with us and keep posting to let us know how you are doing.
 
(((((Hugs)))))
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