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   Posted 10/23/2009 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, my name is Paige and I'm new to this site.  I just added my account.  I'm a little dissapointed there isnt a category specifically for DP/DR but if anyone out there has this I would love to talk to you about it! Im in the anxiety chat room now.  Then, a month after my first panic attack, I was walking one day and felt as if my breathing were constricted.  It was completely out of the blue and I didnt know what was happening.  I have been smoking cigarettes for about 4 months So i decided to take a break from tobacco and get my lungs into good shape. Then suddenly a few days later my boyfriend and I were driving home and I felt as if I weren't inside my own body.  I wasn't living my own life.  My voice was flat, I was tingly, and everything looked dull and sounded dull and scary.  I wasn't sure if the world around me was real.  I began to have a panic attack and had about 4 on our way home.  I could hardly breathe and I wanted to go to the hospital. I began doing research on this scary feeling and figured I was having nicotine withdrawals and caffeine withdrawals as I started to only drink water.  Now, a month later, I have really bad days with depersonalization and anxiety and others where I dont have much, but no matter what its always in the back of my mind. Please please help me if anyone can!
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Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 10/23/2009 5:30:23 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/23/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   


Good Morning and welcome to HealingWell.

I am sorry you are "dissapointed there isnt a category specifically for DP/DR".  This disorder is usually adressed under Anxiety Disorders and we do not have a forum for every individual anxiety disorder per se so we talk about this disorder in this very forum.  :-)

Depersonalization  = acute stress disorder: an anxiety disorder characterized by development of anxiety, dissociative, and other symptoms within one month following exposure to an extremely traumatic event. If persistent, it may become posttraumatic stress disorder.

I would like to suggest that you start by first seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner.

  • If a clear diagnosis can't be made by your family doctor, you may be referred to a neurologist (a doctor who specializes in brain and nervous system disorders) or psychiatrist (a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental disorders).
  • Your doctor or doctors will want to make sure your symptoms aren't caused by an underlying neurological condition such as epilepsy or another disorder.
  • Because depersonalization disorder sometimes occurs along with depression or other psychological disorders, your doctor may also want to investigate whether you may have one of these conditions as well.

I hope this information helps you and please do keep on making wise choices. 

Health and Happiness,



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Post Edited (stkitt) : 10/23/2009 5:33:45 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/23/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you so much Kitt!!! You make me feel like there is hope :]  You seem like an extremely kind person and being on here makes me feel better.  It always helps to know that there are other people out there that know whats wrong with me and some that have experienced the same thing! :] Thank you so much for your help! Im going to try and get my parents to set me up a doctors appointment soon.  However, my parents don't want me taking any medications unless completely necessary so we are hoping to find a natural way for me to get over this.  (esp considering I have managed to make the feelings stop on my own with exercises from some panic attack programs) smilewinkgrin
I love this website :-)

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   Posted 8/19/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
bumping for KITTS great input on dissociative /depersonilization disorders



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   Posted 8/23/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Paige, how are you doing??  My name is Angie.  I was originally diagnosed with depersonalisation disorder but have now been diagnosed with dissociative disorder.  I can relay where you're coming from.  My symtoms started 3 years ago.  Firstly started with panic attacks then progressed to different feelings.  I constantly feel dizzy and every now and then I keep thinking my breathing has stopped (only for a second) and this can happen about 10-15 times a day.  I can't go into a shopping centre as I feel as if I'm in a bubble and everyone and everything else around me is not real and like they are in a movie and I am watching it it.  Again the feelings of passing out start again.  I seldom go shopping now which is very hard.  At the moment I'm struggling with even the thought of going to work, etc.  I have been prescribed medication for this but at the moment need a bit of reassurance that it is ok for me.  Can I ask what your doctor has prescribed for you??  x

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   Posted 8/23/2010 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Although there are no medications that specifically treat dissociative disorders, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications or tranquilizers to help control the mental health symptoms associated with dissociative disorders. I suspect that is what has happened with you.
I am sorry to read of your issues and please know we are here to support.
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