derealization/depersonalization anyone?

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abbiexx
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   Posted 2/16/2006 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm just wondering if anyone else on here has experiences with derealization/depersonilization, and if so, what does it feel like ?? i think this is what i'm experiencing, but i want to be sure !! confused
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   Posted 2/16/2006 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I get that and it feels like I'm in a dream state. Concentration is not possible when I am going through this. I feel real numb and my vision gets kind of blurry. I'm sure you will get other responses with other symptoms but I hope this helps a little.
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AnxiousSoAnxious06
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   Posted 2/16/2006 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
abbiexx said...
i'm just wondering if anyone else on here has experiences with derealization/depersonilization, and if so, what does it feel like ?? i think this is what i'm experiencing, but i want to be sure !! confused

 I think almost everyone with anxiety suffers from Derealization/depersonilization, and I can say that because I have it pretty bad..some days its worse than others but all you can do is try not to worry and think about it as hard as it is to do so..if your wondering what it feels like to see if whats your feeling, I'm sorry but I can't really offer up an explanation because its a pretty strange unique feeling..all i can say is things seem to feel unreal, could be described as actually everything feels TOO REAL! if you describe how your feeling, I might be able to help better..

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   Posted 2/16/2006 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Abbie .yes I have had it yrs ago and vaguely recall feeling outside of my self,and not really wanting any awareness of what was going on I dont know if this is what you mean ..along with other things but I am not remembering to well what they were ..
sorry I do know there are others that have spoken about this just lately so hope they will come aboard and help you out
...Sorry I was not more help to you .
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abbiexx
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   Posted 2/17/2006 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
well the other day in school i was feeling like this. i felt like if i was not awake, or like. i was there but i wasn't there. if that makes sense lol. i just felt like i was outside of myself and sorta dizzy. it went away after a while. but it was bad ! is that what it feels like ?
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   Posted 2/18/2006 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
hey this part of anxiety is the most intense and scariest but it will pass i felt like i was out of my body like lookinat myself also blurred vision wicked deja vu and everyone seemed like strangers but it passes good luck try not to dwell on it

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   Posted 2/19/2006 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I have it pretty much 24-7 these days due to benzo withdrawal. It gets worse under fluorescent lights, and that seesm to be the case with many people. So, if you have the option of using another type of lighting at home, you might want to think about that.

It feels like I'm either not there, not real, or that I'm the only thing that's real and nothing around me is real, or that I've stepped into some sort of false dream or cartoon world. It was very scary at first, but I made myself deliberately feel it by sitting in front of a SAD light box, as exposure therapy, and seeing that it couldn't hurt me at all.

Now when it hits I just keep doing whatever I'm doing and ignore it, and it goes away in a few minutes.

Like Leftie says, the less you dwell on it, the less it will bother you.

abbiexx
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   Posted 2/20/2006 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah .. it's worse under flourescent lights lol but i can't get away from it because that's all there is at school .. lol :( it only happens once in a while though, so that's good. :) thanks for your help .

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   Posted 10/23/2006 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I am in class for 3 hours twice a week and they are bright bright flourscent lamps and it wears me out. I end up having bad DP/DR by the end of class.
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angela52884
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   Posted 10/23/2006 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
hello everyone, I think that I experience this. Im not really sure though, sometimes I feel kinda spacey and it freaks me out and I feel like Im going to pass out or something, is that what this feels like? and sometimes when Im in  the store I feel that way I think it may be the light cause I feel like my eyes are really sensitive to them and I feel like if the lights were dimmed or something I wouldnt feel that way??? what causes that anyways?

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   Posted 10/24/2006 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
leftie said...
hey this part of anxiety is the most intense and scariest but it will pass i felt like i was out of my body like lookinat myself also blurred vision wicked deja vu and everyone seemed like strangers but it passes good luck try not to dwell on it
took the words out of my mouth in regards to the strangers part its so weird !!! but reassuring at the same time thanks

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   Posted 10/24/2006 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Strange... I started feeling this when I was 12 years old and thought I was going crazy and everything seemed surreal.

Now I've been suffering with this feeling for over 8 years on and off.

I wish the feeling would go away.

Last night I was driving and I was staring up at the trees and everything in the world felt so fake and then I started panicking while driving and just tried to "snap out of it".

I hate the sensation of it. I stare at myself in the mirror and feel like I don't know who I am at times.

When I was younger I couldn't even look in a mirror because it didn't feel like me at all. I felt so out of body, like I was staring at a stranger.

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Georgia5
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   Posted 10/24/2006 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
For myself when that happens I feel very spacey and out of and I get something like tunnel vision and everything looks strange. It's pretty common for anxiety sufferers.

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   Posted 10/24/2006 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to feel like that when I was going through some traumatic experiences when I was young. I felt like everything was a dream. I felt dazed and dizzy and felt like I could wake up at any moment. Sometimes, I even thought to myself....omg, what is going on here? why is this happening to me? I also loose the sensation and feel so distant from everythign around me.
Now I experience this when I have panic attacks.

mingmalefactor
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   Posted 10/25/2006 3:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Twiggygal, you describe how I feel perfectly. I have been on about a month run of feeling that way now. :(
Was on Zoloft for ten years. Trying to go natural for 7 months now, very difficult. Diagnosis: Depersonalization/Derealization, Panic, GAD, mild-OCD, mild-Depression.


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   Posted 10/25/2006 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I too sometimes get theat feeling of spaced out and not "with it "
I dont really know if all A/P sufferers go thru this but would not surprise me at all

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 10/25/2006 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
*hugs* Mingmalefactor- it's an awful feeling.

Sometimes I feel lost hehe...

sometimes I'll be driving and some scary incident will occur where someone almost hit me, and I'll think, did I really just die and am in some other world right now? LOL

That's how out of body I get sometimes.
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   Posted 5/31/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
hey guys. Ive been having derealization since this past summer now, and I'm really annoyed. i have it every single day at every time. Is so weird. I feel as if I'm dreaming, also, I see like lines, and I sometimes feel dizzy, is reLLY bothering me, it's just like I'm not there. Ahhh I hate it, Well please asnwer me this: do ure feelings keep going on all day long? " I have better days than others, but I'm always derealized. please help!

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   Posted 6/1/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I had that reaction to St. John's Wort. SCARY.

liamj
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   Posted 6/4/2007 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone..ive been suffering these symtoms for 5months now...altho it origonally started when i was a 12yr old kid..it started with an overwhelming (attack) of sorts...it just hit me..out of the blue..i felt asthough i was dreaming ..or daydreaming..and that nothing around me was really happening...asthough i was imagining it..and my short-term memory was all over the place,the initial attack was very strong..and altho these effects faded slightly once id been to sleep..i found that when i woke..the feeling hadnt fully gone..asthough i was still somewhat in a dream ,anyway eventually(after about 2 years) the strong attacks stopped and this feeling went away.but 5months ago( im now 21 yrs old) i had another really strong attack and its all flared up again..the same odd feeling of ''constantly beeing in a dream state'' and it hasnt faded at all...infact its feeling much worse lately. its a hard feeling to describe..but the best description i can think of is that ''its like that feeling when youve drank too much booze..and your short-term memory is very foggy/patchy..you could have a conversation with someone for an hour..but when you walk away..you only have a vague recolection of the things you did and said,or you can remember what you did and said...but it feels like it was days/weeks even months ago..'' also its the same dream-state feeling '' like your dreaming and could wake up at any moment,i feel although im in a constant dreamstate that i cant wake up from..even going outside on my own scares me..as i feel that id panic and if i went somewhere..id suffer a memory-lapse and not remember how i got there,the memory lapses(when i foget where i am/what i did 5minutes ago) can sometimes trigger a harsh attack(basically the symptoms i described increase 10fold and i have to sleep it off) if i have a memory lapse..and dwell on it..or panic..this often triggers a harsh attack....anyways im currently seeking a full diagnosis but my doctor is sure that its something like derealization thats been trigerd by depression,ansiety and stress. i hope this is of some use to people that are feeling similar symtoms and id also like to know if this all makes any scence to anyone?? does anyone else have these bizzare symptoms?? please let me know if any of you suffer these horrible effects..and if they are symptoms of derealization.,i hope all this muddled info is of use to someone..thankyou..

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   Posted 6/4/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
THere is an existing thread on back pages Harry did up explaining this in more detail ......
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   Posted 6/4/2007 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
hey there abbie. personally i think you should read some info on this site http://groups.msn.com/depersonalizationchatroom/_homepage.msnw?pgmarket=en-us  . it will you give you a better understanding of D/P. ive read alot of posts in the past of people trying to exlain depersonaliztion on this site, and truthfully if i didnt know before hand that i had D/P , i would never thought i had ever had D/P after reading some of these posts. some people just dont know and understand what D/P, really is.

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   Posted 6/5/2007 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
hi..in respose to fdmcall's post..i understand what your saying..and maybe some of the descriptions on this page are somewhat vague and inacurate...but to my understanding..d/p,d/r has many strange and unusual symptoms and are hard to describe..was that this page was for peple with d/p..d/r and people who think they may be suffering with d/p..d/r to share their thoughts and feelings on the issue,and to help eachother to better understand the wide range of symptoms..  anyway..in response to adripenguin's question..yes..i too have the same feelings...asthough im constantly in a dream from which i cant awake...its a constant 24-7 feeling that varies in severity..but the feeling never fully goes.but dont give up hope because from what i understand..there are various ways to combat the symptoms..my condition has aparently manifested from stress,clinical depression and anxiety..and from what doctors tell me..there are various methods to treat it..with medication and therapy,relaxation techniques and so on.,anyways if i find a technique or medication which helps lift/combat this terible feeling then ill let you know asap.. best wishes...liam
 
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I believe you are taking the post out of its context
There was no rudeness that I could see or any bad things said from fdmcalls post
I got the idea a site was given to perhaps explain the D/P in more detail
Please do not flame or be rude in posts to ppl
Contact a moderator to look at it for you one of us is usually on the boards...
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   Posted 6/5/2007 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
For anyone who needs information on this...the following site is great.


http://www.dpselfhelp.com


I have been experiencing this for about 4 months non-stop now. I am having a tough time with it, as well. However, it does get better at times so I'm confident I can either beat it or control it at some point.

Everyone keep their head up!!


Jamie

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   Posted 6/5/2007 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
liamj i wasnt trying to insult anyone, or say that everyone was wrong or i am right, and i NEVER RULED anyones discription out,i was just saying that before people start getting the wrong info and wrong advice, i think they should get an actual idea of what D/P, and D/R actually is. i have read in the past that people OFTEN mistake dissociation, and dizzyness with D/P, and D/R. and what i have read in some past posts on here, some people relly dont understand what these really are. to my understanding i thought if i or anyone else knew of something that others didnt,and that might be beneficial to others i thought that advice was a good thing and was ALLOWED. i myself have been diagnosed with D/P, and D/R,  i have read TONS of info on this subject, i have talked to others that have been diagnosed with this. and you said match your  . when i read some peoples post and give there own interpitation of something, and I KNOW for a fact that they do not have a clue what they are tlaking about, yes! i will say something, to save some other person from being misinformed. so like i said i am not trying to insult anyone.
 
Just a couple od sentences edited same as in post above.......
Thanks for the link
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