Derealization or something else?

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/26/2006 3:37 AM (GMT -7)   
This happened to me while I was driving today.
 
I was on the highway, just driving along and all the sudden I looked around and nothing felt familiar for several minutes, and then I realized where I was, and then went to my sister's work to pick her up.
 
On the way back home I was driving on the highway where it splits into two different highways, and it was all the sudden unfamiliar again and I was filled with such panic and looked around and knew I should have KNOWN where I was but nothing looked familiar and I felt like I had never been there before, and kept wondering if I had accidently taken the wrong highway because nothing looked familiar although I have driven down that SAME highway hundreds of times and so I kept searching for the exit sign that I knew would be there and it was, and so then I suddenly realized I knew where I was.  Everything just felt like a new memory, like I had NEVER driven down that highway yet I HAD.  It freaked me out.
 
Has this ever happened to anyone?
 
I've never experienced derealization like this at all.  The derealization I experienced before was tolerable, but THIS is enough to make me think I'm gonna end up in the psych ward in 2 weeks or less.
 
Am I going insane or is this just a part of derealization I've never experienced before?
 
It scared me terribly and I'm afraid to drive now because I don't want to get lost if this happens.  I mean, what if it happens more often and I start to forget everything and I go crazy?
 
What if I just completely can't remember anything?  Is this early EARLY on-set Alzheimers?  IS this a symptom of schizophrenia? LORD HELP ME!!! HW help me!! I'm scared.
 
Help!!
 
Am I going crazy? 
 
Twiggygal~
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DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
 
RX: Ativan/Lorazapam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (15 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines
 



Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/26/2006 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
breath hun
I had same dang thing happen yesterday was going to caits friends to pick her up I havbe been on this route thousands of times
all of a sudden I had NO IDEA where the Hades I was had to come home and ask Howie which way to go did I feel real off the wall .........and SCARED
I think it is just we have soooooo much on our minds and that takes over our " brain" making us forget things easily
Trust me you dont have AD..........
You are not crazy
You just have to calm down
I need to take own advice lol
Keep the faith hun we shall get there............one step at a time
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steph2005
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   Posted 11/26/2006 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I do that all the time, I think sometimes when we get really anxious and we may not even know why, we tend to be thinking about whatever else, and not about what we are doing. It's almost like when we "wake up" we are in this strange place or don't even recall how we got to that road, or don't even realize where we are. I've done this numerous times, you won't end up in a psych ward, please don't scare yourself. You are perfectly fine :) Think of it as your mind taking a little vacation, because it wants to relax from your anxiety.
*Steph*
 
 


Kreak22
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   Posted 11/26/2006 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel derealization most of my day, i dont know when it will ever go away. I feel very nuetral and out of myself. Im going to talk to my psychologist when I get the chance.

harry4
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   Posted 11/26/2006 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   

since your awareness came back soon, just accept it and keep driving, these memory or perception lapses are common for anxiety sufferers and you arent going mad nono

you need to relax more when driving, remember to do the deep slow  breathing, relax that death grip on the wheel, practice relaxation and calming methods, avoid over controling the car

it helps to play favourite music or sing along to songs on the car radio


recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional


Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/26/2006 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
THANKS !!! For replying so quickly you guys!!! :)

I thought I was going mad harry... lol

And yes.. I had the death grip on the wheel... LOL... I was freaking out...

eek...

I hate this and I'm glad I'm not the only one who has this happen.. (not that I WANT you guys to experience that cuz it's so scary, but because I had no clue what was wrong with me)

Steph- what you described makes sense

Lynn- I'm trying to keep the faith.. but it's hard

The thing is is that I was playing my favorite music just to get through the drive and it was almost like I blanked out into another world and then came back and forgot where I was....

OI!!! GRRR LOL

Twiggygal~
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
 
RX: Ativan/Lorazapam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (15 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines
 


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