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Posted By : Hopeful86 - 10/3/2017 2:59 PM
This is somewhat new to me....lately I have been feeling more disconnected with myself when I have anxiety. I guess its depersonalization? Even when my anxiety is very minimal and I feel ok I still feel like my head is floating. I never use to feel this as much as I do now. I’m wondering if its because I try to suppress my anxiety. idea

Posted By : Scaredy Cat - 10/3/2017 9:20 PM
H.,

Yes, I have have that feeling before. It could be D/P related, but sounds pretty mild...so it could also be more of a zoning out due to the exhausting nature of anxiety.

I have found that my symptoms are easily triggered now, even with mild stress. Its almost as if once the switch has been flipped, it's easier from that point on for it to happen.

The good news however is that I can now manage them quickly and well with my coping skills...so that is the trade off with having experienced all of this...

I wish you progress in your journey and goals!

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Posted By : Anxious Scientist - 10/4/2017 8:36 AM
Hopeful, I'm going through the same thing. Even though I got my medication straightened out, I have still been experiencing some DP/DR just out of the blue.

I've never really experienced DP/DR until experiencing withdrawal symptoms this year. I have never really got this sensation just on it's own. Now it seems this is happening more often.

I've also been very stressed out dealing with several different things in life. I get the head fog, the feeling like I'm looking at things that aren't real, that I'm floating a long. It's strange. I just try to remind myself that I'm stressed and anxious and that the feeling will go away.
Diagnosed With: Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder
Treatment: Lithium Carbonate ER (450 mg), Sertraline (100 mg)

Posted By : Blu's Mama - 10/4/2017 12:23 PM
Hope,

Definitely experience this a lot, especially lately as I'm withdrawing off of my Sertraline after 11 years. I bought a book that specifically talks about DP/DR and distraction is the best 'cure' for it. Anytime you feel those feelings creep up, immediately distract yourself. I downloaded Tetris to my phone and it's been really helpful to resort to doing that when I'm feelings some type of way.
GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD
Los Angeles, CA

Posted By : Hopeful86 - 10/5/2017 8:02 AM
Thank you guys! It makes me feel better knowing I’m not the only one feeling this way. It seems like I’m always on edge and anxious. I can’t seem to get out of this rut. sad

Posted By : Faith224 - 10/6/2017 10:59 AM
Hi Hopeful,

I suffered from DP symptoms for just about as long as I could remember. Blu's mama is right, in that distraction is the best method possible for treating this. I realized that once you pay it no mind, the symptoms completely melt away. If it helps, please remember that these symptoms are caused by the freeze response of the flight/fight response, and your body and mind are just doing their best to try to protect you by slowing things down, which is why the symptoms of DP are experienced. Hope this helps =)
Feel Good,

-Faith

Posted By : Hopeful86 - 10/11/2017 1:01 PM
Faith,

Thank you so much! Your response made me feel a lot better. I will definitely try focusing my attention elsewhere and not feed into the DP. Makes me sad when I feel like this and I just get so caught up in the anxiety.


Thank you again!
Panic Disorder & have a hard time tolerating antidepressants.

.25 of Alprazolam (I cut in half)
Currently trying liquid fluoxetine 1mg at a time.

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