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Question Dissociation, Psychosis, or Just Weird? - January 19th 2013, 04:46 PM

I've been getting very distant, like my mind is watching everyone from a bubble in my head. I float, and my body moves with me. But it's not mine. It's someone else typing and someone else that eats my food. I have trouble forming independent thoughts and comprehending what is being said and done around me. I have spans of completely blank memory, where I've apparently done things and can't remember them at all. Once I even apparently took on an alternate name, "Jasmine" (also one of the voices that has often appeared in my head), and took on her personality. I only know this because my friend told me. She said something about me, Eli, and Jasmine. But they've as far as I know stopped coming. At one point Eli even took my teenhelp account and changed it to his. Luckily as far as I know I haven't done this around my family, mostly only at school and other stressful environments. Anyway, right now I feel like I'm floating above my body and my senses are dulled, and from what I've read about dissociation, it does this. Can anyone who's experienced these things give me feedback?
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Re: Dissociation, Psychosis, or Just Weird? - January 19th 2013, 05:36 PM

I would say that my biggest concern for you would be the fact that you feel that you are having memory issues, where you feel that you have “blacked out”. This could be some cause for concern. And while it may not be a big deal at the moment, it could be a big deal in the future, or a sign that something might not be OK. Have you ever had a concussion, been knocked to the ground really hard, or have hit your head? Do you have a history of seizures? If you answered yes to any of those, then I highly urge you to speak to your doctor.

Now if you haven’t had anything like that, I am going to suggest that you talk to your parents. This is obviously something that could affect your life severely. What if you do something bad or illegal while you are blacked out? Telling someone before that happens is really important. They will be less likely to believe you if you say after you shoplift (for example) that you can’t remember. Because there will be no previous record of such actions. You wouldn’t want to end up in jail because you did something that you can’t control. That is just an example about how this could play out if you don’t open up to someone. I am not saying that you would commit a crime because you blackout, but since you don’t have control or recollection of what happens, you never know what could happen to you.

The rest of it, the names and such that come out, that is not as concerning to me as the memory part. People can have weird personalities and nothing be wrong with them. So what you really need to focus on is when you lose control of yourself. It might help if that when you talk to your parents you have some of your friends come with you, so that they can tell them what they have experienced.

What I do find a little odd is that this is not happening at home or that your parents have never noticed. Which leads me to my next question, have you ever done drugs? Drugs can do terrible, awful, permanent damage to your body and mind and would completely explain the memory issues. Even if you have only done them once, I am going to again, highly encourage you to speak to your doctor.

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Re: Dissociation, Psychosis, or Just Weird? - January 19th 2013, 11:18 PM

I don't know that I've ever had a concussion, but when I was little I was skating and fell and hit my head so that I had no idea where I was. Since then I've had a few incidents with getting hit with soccer balls or hitting my head on floors or walls (I'm quite clumsy), but I didn't think any of them caused much lasting damage. My mom has epilepsy caused by having bulimia as a teen. I have bulimia as well, but as far as I know I don't have seizures, although there are times when I have these strange sensations throughout my body and my eyes start flicking back and forth. But since I remember them they wouldn't be seizures right? I've never done drugs, only taken those prescribed to me by my psychiatrist or doctor.
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Re: Dissociation, Psychosis, or Just Weird? - January 20th 2013, 12:39 AM

I would say you probably should tell someone soon. There is a list of possibilities. Honestly going to a doctor or a psychiatrist is the best option. It could be something mental health or something that is caused by a health issue but only a professional can tell you. I would say that the first step is telling you parents and let them know how much of a problem it is.

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