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Derealization/Depersonalization? - September 15th 2012, 04:15 AM

I'm pretty sure there may be threads out there about this topic, but I'd like to create one of my own because I'm just starting to identify with symptoms similar to what I hear about DR and DP.

For those who aren't familiar with DR/DP, think of it like this. Have you ever experienced deja vu? It's like a fleeting sense of perception, correct? Imagine that, times a factor of 100, and then being stuck feeling like that for most of your life. It's as if my self is not really in reality, like I'm dreaming or high (in a bad way). The world looks rather two dimensional, and it feels like I'm stuck on pause while the world goes on around me. I can still function, and it may seem like I'm going on normally, but in my head, it's complete chaos.

Does anyone have similar experiences or any advice? I could really use just about anything at this point...
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Re: Derealization/Depersonalization? - September 15th 2012, 08:07 PM

I haven't experienced DR/DP (aside from things like déjà vu), but if you are struggling with severe symptoms like these, I strongly encourage you to see your physician in order to rule out medical conditions. After that, ask for a referral to a psychological professional who specializes in dissociative disorders. I know you said you can function normally on the outside, but being able to think clearly (and be at peace) is also important.

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Re: Derealization/Depersonalization? - September 15th 2012, 08:46 PM

Thank you very much for your advice. I have a psychiatrist and therapist, and I've had an EEG done in the past (a 20 min. one) to check for other problems, but it came up as normal. I've also had various blood tests done and they were all normal. My psychiatrist has recommended a 2-day EEG in the past and will probably recommend that again. I've told my therapist about it and I'm seeing her on Wednesday. Hopefully all of this will get figured out once and for all.
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