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Odd feeling? - November 1st 2018, 12:07 AM

I don't know if this is the right place for this so please feel free to move it if you think it's better suited somewhere else!

I'm not asking for anything in particular but I feel like I need to find out if anybody else had experienced what I have. It doesn't happen that often but it did today and it freaks me out a little bit so.

Basically, I was at a friends today after work and we were eating dinner, and then randomly I felt a bit weird. Like I wasn't really there. I don't know how to describe it but it's sort of like my body felt a bit numb and my mind felt like it was floating away and I had to really focus on being present and not disappearing. I had to shake my leg or press on my skin so I could feel that I was still physical, but I sort of felt like if I zoned out I'd wake up and it'd be a dream or I'd be there but stop being able to hear or interact with people. It's really hard to explain. It isn't like I'm floating outside of my body, but like my mind just isn't really present I guess. Like I'm disappearing or something.

I don't know what to call this and like I say it doesn't happen all the time. When it does though, from what I can remember it happens at my friends a lot. I'm really close with her and her family so I'm there a lot and it doesn't happen every time but there have been 2 or 3 occasions I can remember where I have been there and it just happens out of nowhere and it really freaks me out.

Has anyone had anything similar and is there a word for it?

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Re: Odd feeling? - November 1st 2018, 02:32 AM

Perhaps DID, a multiple personality syndrome. Perhaps you thought that you were your alter personality? Discuss your experiences with a qualified doctor on advice for testing and appropriate medications to combat your symptoms.
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Re: Odd feeling? - November 1st 2018, 03:48 AM

I wouldn't say this is DID. It could be a form of dissociation though. There are all types of ways a person can dissociate so it's possible that is what you were experiencing.



I think it would be a good idea to talk to someone about it though. If you talk to a counselor or a psychiatrist about your experiences it could help you work on figuring out what is going on.


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Re: Odd feeling? - November 1st 2018, 01:23 PM

We can't diagnose and you don't mention other symptoms so it doesn't like DID. But I agree with the above, in that it sounds like dissociation.

Dissociation happens to everyone but on a sliding scale. Daydreaming, being absorbed in a book/film/thoughts/driving and not realising whats going on around you and suddenly coming to yourself are common.

There are many different types of dissociation and they can happen for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it can be neurological and related to seizures, other times it can be physical and related to lack of sleep or severe stress. Dissociation is also common in those who have been through trauma as it's a coping mechanism but can become maladaptive when the trauma is over. It can also be a part of mental health issues like depression and anxiety (often called 'feelings of unreality'), and sometimes experienced in autism when things get over stimulating.

I've definitely experienced something similar and like you it doesn't happen all that often. It's good to recognise any triggers- how you were feeling, what you were doing etc. For me, anxiety, stress and lack of sleep are triggers. It can also help to remind yourself that even though it feels horrible, it's not going to harm you. It's good that you had to do something physical to ground yourself...I clench my fists, or hold onto the cuff of my clothes and remind myself that I am real. It can help to try to pay attention to what you can see and hear as well to help bring you back into yourself.

It's always best to talk to a doctor, psychiatrist or counsellor though just to help you figure out what you may be dealing with and how to get through it.


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Re: Odd feeling? - November 1st 2018, 06:18 PM

Thank you. I felt like it may have been a form of dissociation but because I don't know a great deal about it I thought I'd get opinions. I don't feel like it's something I need to talk to a professional about as there are no other issues that come with it, but thanks so much for the detailed answers!

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Re: Odd feeling? - November 1st 2018, 08:30 PM

I'll go ahead and close this thread as requested but feel free to PM me if you want to re-open the thread


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