New member, Panic attacks and Anxiety

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New Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 10/5/2009 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, let me start off by saying I was diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder with panic at age 15, I am 19 now. I was supposedly "cured" of my panic and anxiety once I dropped out of high school and got my GED. I had not had any panic or anxiety until age 18 when it started again. Recently though, I have been having a lot of panic and anxious feelings, especially at my new job and college I just started. I have been having a strange feeling I have never felt before, I have been feeling like I wasn't in my body fully, almost as if I was floating around my own body watching myself move around and do what I was doing. I'm not sure why or how this has been happening, but I was wondering if anyone else has had feelings like this before? It usually happens at work, I often forget what I am doing when it happens... any help would be appreciated.


New Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 10/5/2009 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to put in the post that I have also been very hot lately, sweating a lot all over for no reason. I have also been having trouble sleeping through the night, as I feel I will have a panic attack while I'm sleeping or as I'm waking up...

thanks for your help

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   Posted 10/5/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning and welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum.

I believe what you are describing is known as depersonalization.

Depersonalization is a sense that things around you aren't real, or the feeling that you're observing yourself from outside your body. Feelings of depersonalization can be very disturbing and may feel like you're losing your grip on reality or living in a dream. Many people have a passing experience of depersonalization at some point. Depersonalization may be triggered by stress or trauma, and it often occurs along with other mental health conditions such as anxiety.

May I suggest counseling as this helps you understand why depersonalization occurs and trains you to stop worrying about the symptoms so that they go away ?

I would start with your PCP and talk with him/her re you sx. I know many members do very well with counseling and for me it has helped control my anxiety.

Again a warm welcome and please do stick with us. I am so glad you took the first step and reached out to this great forum for help.

Gentle Hugs,


New Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 10/8/2009 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello my name is Jacie.
Im 16 yrs old and have been diganosed with depersonalization.
I have been to every type of therapy and every type of sessions.
As of right now I'm just looking for somebody to talk to me who
has been in this situation. Thanks!

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 10/9/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Jacie

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.  I am very glad to see you found us.  I think you will find the members to be kind and caring and willing to share good adivce with you.

If you would like to start a thread of your own please do feel comfortable by just clicking on the new topic at the top of the page and give your thread a title..............then away you go.  This will give the members a chance to get to know you better.

I look forward to visiting with you here in the HW community.

Again a warm welcome.



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   Posted 10/9/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jconz19 & Jacie!

Just wanted to welcome you to HW and our A/P Forum. I hope you find both comfort and solace here with us. Tons of great people with the big hearts :)

Take care and look forward to getting to know the both of you better.
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