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Staring into space for long periods of time - July 17th 2010, 10:14 PM

If I'm just sitting down not really concentrating on much I will just stare into space for ages. About 30 minutes ago I was just staring at my computer screen not really thinking at all. I just don't realise I'm doing it :/ I can do this for about 20 minutes without noticing. I only stop staring when someone talks to me or when I realise what I'm doing (which takes a while) I seem to do it more when I'm worried about something. Why do I do this?


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Re: Staring into space for long periods of time - July 17th 2010, 10:49 PM

This happens to me and I can do it for up to about 10 minutes but something always comes in and stops me. You're not alone in this. I think its just a way of blanking out the world for a bit. Downtime for your brain if you haven't had enough during the night?



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Re: Staring into space for long periods of time - July 17th 2010, 10:52 PM

If anything I sleep more than what I should :/ I sleep on average of about 10 hours. I suppose in a way it's good as I'm away from my worries for a bit people just look at me strange if I do it in public.


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Re: Staring into space for long periods of time - July 17th 2010, 10:58 PM

Just because you sleep doesn't mean your brain shuts off. There's plenty of sleep issues people can have where their brain doesn't get to stop properly. If you dream then thats a good sign that your brain is having time to itself.

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Re: Staring into space for long periods of time - July 17th 2010, 11:10 PM

It seems to be more of a dissociation event that a lack of sleep to me although I'm far from knowledgeable.

Do you ever feel depressed, or that you need to think before it happens? It's happened to me when I just zone out, usually because I don't want to be in that place
   
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Re: Staring into space for long periods of time - July 17th 2010, 11:19 PM

i zone out all the time! ive always have, and i see no problem in it! sure it annoys people when theyre tryin to talk to me, or when im supposed top be doing my homework, but its a good time for me to just, get away from life, take some time, relax, regroup, recharge, and then take another try at it. id asked my teacher about it, and she said that it was perfectly healthy.


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Re: Staring into space for long periods of time - July 18th 2010, 02:22 AM

Maybe you are tired or stressed when you do it. Although, if it doesn't interrfere with your life I'd say it is fairly harmless...


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Re: Staring into space for long periods of time - July 18th 2010, 03:53 AM

I'm not sure if it is simply "zoning out" I zone out but only for alike a minute or so until i shake myself out of it. My Fiancee on the other hand can seem to do it for hours at a time if i don't pull her out of it. I do it mainly out of boredom or if i follow this REALLY interesting train of thought for a few minutes towards a dead end. But some people do it as a defense mechinism to avoid stress and pain. Unfortunatly, it is hard to just say "I have no stress in my life" when you get like this, because who knows what is going on with your body while you slipped out of the captain's chair.

Do you ever find yourself in an odd location with little to no recollection of how you got there? Ever find stuff missing randomly? Have you skipped appointments or dates because of this?


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Re: Staring into space for long periods of time - July 18th 2010, 11:03 AM

I dream a lot, I remember my dreams 90% of the time. I do sometimes go downstairs in the middle of the night to go to the toilet or whatever and I don't remember going downstairs :/ I don't really forget dates/certain things I've done though.

Edit:// oh yeah, I'm also on anti-depressants and have been diagnosed with depression.


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Re: Staring into space for long periods of time - July 20th 2010, 09:37 PM

I do this too and it drives my boyfriend mad- he thinks it's because there's something wrong with me, which is stupid.
I reckon it's like an escape route of sorts - like your waking mind is wound up about all the stuff thats bothering you, so you zone out to temporarily get some relief. I can't see there being any harm in it - it'll probably give your brain some time off! I'm not on any meds or ought so I doubt thats what causes it.
   
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