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harry4
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   Posted 3/27/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
derealisation and depersonalisation are very common for anxiety sufferers and often happen during and after a panic attack
 
sometimes after a panic attack, I wouldnt know where I was, how I got there or why I was there, I would pariently wait a few minutes and it would all gradually come back to me
 
at other times, I felt as if I was watching events thru a closed window and had no need to take part, people would be speaking to me but I wouldt hear them or have much interest in them
 
at school, I would go into a trance like state, taking no interest in what was happening around me, and if left somewhere quiet, would come out of it after about 1 hour. I had almost no memory of it and this is common
It seems people see but dont hear when derealised, and as mentioned, remember little about it, except that some time is missing
 some derealisation is considered to be normal for teenagers
 
nobody ever gets hurt or injured when derealised which is strange, it can hit you without warning, but always on the footpath and never in the middle of the road
 
a common fear is being robbed or taken advantage of while derealised, or being unable to look after children or babies in your care but there is some higher thing that prevents any harm happening, which is quite strange, I think
 
Its thought derealisation and depersonalisation are the bodys way of coping with excessive fear or anxiety but little seems to be known about it. There is absolutely no need for drastic medical procedures, just be patient and the person will come out of it
 
an effected person may seem bored or in a trance or just being rude

Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 3/27/2007 4:02:28 PM (GMT-6)


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THanks Harry I put topic to thread so ppl will know to go to it ......
Thinking about doing a Harry..Ism thread with all your info on it
what do you think
I believe you give great advice and are certainly an asset to this forum

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Neopolitan9
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   Posted 5/6/2007 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear, made me feel sooo much better. I just got one of these feelings tonight and was freaking out because I hate this feeling.

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   Posted 5/6/2007 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't remember half of my trip to the hospital today, it gets easier to live with once you know it's a normal thing for anxiety sufferers to do. Before I'd be an absolute mess if it happened, now it's more like whatever. yeah

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   Posted 5/6/2007 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Knowing is half the battle, huh? I never had this derealisation or whatever and am glad I didn't, because it would've freaked me out in a very big way!
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   Posted 5/7/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
What you describe sounds a lot like dissociation. Maybe dissociation is just the extreme manifestation of derealization?

all the best - mb

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   Posted 5/7/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Debaser
Have experienced this and NO it is not a good thing at all ......

Glad you hv not
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   Posted 5/16/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
im sorry but i dont agree with your interpitation of  Derealization and Depersonalization. it is not a short period of time of loss of memory, or loss of attention. its a state of being of things in your surrounding area are like in a dream like state, it feels like your not really here, like your watching the world, but your not really here, and things just arent real.
 
a couple of years ago durring my whole situation with my health anxiety, phobias, my severe OCD, my fear of being in public, my anxiety, and panic attacks, i was in a hole and couldnt seem to get out.
 
 
my brother whom smokes marijuanna on a regular basis came over one night for a visit. i asked him if he had some on him, he said he did. i hate drugs, and never had and use for them asked him if we could smoke one, thinking it might relax me, and maybe make me feel better.....WELL. i got high and i tell ya i was SO paranoid, i was so scare i hated the feeling, i thought i was dying, i thought it was the end of the world for me.
 
 
from that moment on for the next LONG time (months) i felt like i wasnt really here, i felt like i was in a dream, things didnt seem real to me. i didnt want to tell my doctor, fear of him thinking i was druggie, or something to that effect. so after a wghile i started doing alot of reasearch on it, typeing in my symptoms into the net, and finding what i have had happen to me, happens, and has happened to alot of people.
 
 
i read that the EXACT same way that this happened to me, happens to alot of otheres the same way, and others with anxiety disorders like our also.
 
there is an awesome site that i have signed up in, its http://groups.msn.com/depersonalizationchatroom/_homepage.msnw?pgmarket=en-us  . lots of info, and other who have this ugly situation to deal with also.
 
i had over come this, and was good for a long time, but it seems like when my anxiety gets so bad for a long duration of time, withought me getting any better, that i go through this alover again.
 
 
 

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   Posted 5/29/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Bringing to the top to help out J
Asks about this in Particular

Please look for existing posts on any questions you may have

Thanks and glad to have you post

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   Posted 5/29/2007 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   

HI,

I am Kitt..............

Let me see if I can help on this topic:

When someone is  really anxious, they may describe it as  feeling  kind of like they are stoned, like they are  in some sort of drugged up haze, even though no  drugs are involved.  Nothing that is said to the person  really sinks in, they  have poor concentration, their  heart races, and they  sweat.

This is called derealization... it is a symptom of anxiety and it sucks...
However completely normal...

All the other symptoms  described are also anxiety.

My daughter has panic attacks on rare occasion and her speech was affected, as well as he face felt numb.  I thought stroke..........Dr. said panic attack.

There is also a diaganosis named Depersonalization Disorder. If your not sure what is happening to you please see your physician and discuss the episodes with him/her. Here is link to site that answers some of the questions brought up here. http://www.dpselfhelp.com/

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harry4
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   Posted 5/29/2007 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   

theresa lots to read on depersonalisation and derealisation on the net, valium should stop long running periods of it

deja vue is related and fairly common for anxiety sufferers

a separate condition called light headedness can cause similar problems

it sometimes helps to squeeze something sharp in your hand such as your keys and concentrate on the pain, this can break the spell for a while


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   Posted 5/30/2007 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
This is very interesting. I never knew about this phenomenon.

I feel like this a lot. I have felt like I was in a trance like state and tok no interest in what was going on around me. I got crap in the past from people, especially people who did not know me well, like co-workers because I had this "bored look" on my face. They thought that i was being rude or snobby. It had nothing to do with that. But they never bothered to find out what was going on in my life. They just put a label on me.

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   Posted 5/31/2007 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
When I had a bad period of anxiety a few months back I got this pretty much permanently. The best way to describe it (for me) is like watching your life through a TV. Everything goes on 'outside' as normal, but you're not connected to it.

Seem to have got the anxiety under control, but I do still experience times like this every so often.

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   Posted 5/31/2007 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt,

bump?

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   Posted 6/23/2007 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
"Bump"
Means bringing to front page
Anyone can do this not just mods
so please look for EXISTING THREADS and bring them up and post on them

thanks

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