Last question about derealization/despersonalization!

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   Posted 3/1/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok guys, like you all know, I'm having a hard time with DP/DR lately together with my anxiety and depression. I feel better when I'm at home with family but when I go out and even sometimes when talking to friends I feel completely distant. I've had this before and overcame it, but this time, with the stress of having to go to work everyday, go to school and have a social life it just seems harder. I also read that derealization is also a symptom of more serious mental ilnesses like schizophrenia. Therefore, now I'm freaking out AGAIN about being crazy and actually losing completely touch with reality.
I can talk to people normally so my family don't really understand the degree of my problem but I would like advice from thos that has suffered with dp/dr and how can I deal with this sensation and be able to concentrate on my work tomorrow? It's SO hard when everything seems unreal and you are scared of having a panic attack and just want to leave and go home!!
I was FINE and connected only 2 weeks ago, and now I can't seem to get out of this constant worry/feeling a little unreal and like everyone around me has it together and I'm just this odd person. I'm not really interested in talking to my friends that much, and going out with them is SO tough because I look at them and they are all perfect and I'm feeling spacey and scared.
Yesterday I did go on a date and it was great, but I'm supposed to be MUCH more happy about it and this feeling of depression/anxiety/panic and unreality makes me SO sad and like I'm not going to get out of it this time.
Mornings are horrible because I'm scared of how I will feel or if I will finally snap out of reality completely. It feels like I'm slowly losing touch. That normally triggers and anxiety attack. I'm SO anxious about going to work tomorrow and not being able to focus.
How can I focus and try to scare away the anxious/unreal feeling? I can't believe just 2 weeks ago I felt COMPLETELY in it and on the moment at my work and now I'm back in this vicious cycle.
On the end, I'm still obssessing that I might be losing my mind because I feel disconnected from my feelings/friends/family... I can't eat and I'm thirsty most of the time. My heart is always racing.
However, I feel like the "unreal, dreamy" feeling is what's triggering my anxiety and depression. I just want to be me again, enjoy going out, watching movies, shopping!! Is there light in the end of this or am I stuck feeling this anxious and unreal forever?

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 3/2/2009 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Brazil,

I'm so sorry to hear you are going through a difficult time in your life right now. The one piece of comfort I can hope to bring you is about your worry of the dp/dr being a symptom of schizophrenia. Like you, I used to think I was going crazy, and the disconnectedness was a sure sign that any moment I would fall off the sanity ledge, never to return. But no such luck, I'm still here, and still fairly sane! Just know that your dp/dr symptoms are a nasty part of the severe anxiety you are experiencing, and if you were going crazy or developing schizophrenia YOU WOULD NOT BE AWARE THAT YOUR 'UNUSUAL' THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS WERE UNUSUAL. Simply put, as your anxiety is causing you to fear going crazy, this is the surest sign that you are, in fact, NOT going crazy. Because someone who is going crazy or entering into a schizophrenic episode, has no awareness that their delusions are abnormal, therefore causing them to think and act on them, which results in them saying and doing things that most people would label as 'crazy'. I hope you can keep this in the back of your mind when your anxiety gets bad, and just remember to take each day as it comes and try to stay in the moment and practice positive self-talk, and stamp out those negative thoughts. As always, this too, shall pass :-)


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   Posted 3/2/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Brazil, you recently started a medication, didn't you? If so, it takes time for it to work well. You need therapy. I'm not a doctor but I'm thinking therapy would help you a lot. Personally, I would not date until I felt better. Others may disagree with me. But I'm just thinking it may add more stress to you and your life. I could be wrong, though.

You need relaxation and a hobby. Take it easy. Baby yourself right now. You will feel better soon!
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/18/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh my gosh. Your post is exactly EXACTLY what I'm feeling. Thirsty all the time, lost of appetite and derealization and depersonalization is making me depressed and have panic attacks. Or maybe I have the panic attacks and then feel that way. Idk but what you wrote is me 100%. I would really really really appreciate it if you would tell me what you did to get better if you have because I"m only 17 and I'm freakin out. I try not to get stressed and calm down and realize that this all is real but it's so hard and then I get completely depressed and hate life.

If you would please please help me out if you can. It would make my life 100000000 times better
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