Hi! I have been suffering from the same feelings alot of people on this board have, feelings of unreality. I have just about come back to feeling like I used to 10 years ago when this horrible nightmare began! I think I may be able to help some of you with some techniques and thoughts I have about this horrible feeling!
I self diagnosed myself with social anxiety and panic disorder before seeking the help of a therapist and also found out from him that I have GAD. I Believe that alot of the cause of me ending up with these feelings and disorder was due to the fact that I quit smoking marijuana and began drinking alot of coffee and taking stimulant tablets, I believ that what happenned is that I went from feeling mellow, which is what marijuana does to feeling high strung and anxious from the caffein? Another contributing factor was what is knownas culture shock, I had moved toa new city where people were not friendly, I believe that this was the start of my social nxiety problem as it would relate to my eventual depersonalization? I have lways been shy but became afraid when I moved to this town becaUSE PEOPLE WERE REALLY RUDE AND UNFRIENDLY!
I am going to now share techniques I have utilized in overcoming depersonalization. What is anxiety? You arealways in a hurry! You are anxious.......you are always in a hurry.......right? FORCE yourself to slow down and find ways to relax, therapists can help with this. Medication helped me, I took it for about 2 years and am currently off of it with no intentions of going back! Sleep is a natural healer I actually used sleep therapy where If I got up and was tired 3 hours later I would go back to sleep........thank God my job allowed me that flexibility <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Try not to worry, I was worrying about everything, keep telling yourself not to worry, over and over! Face yor fear.......if you have social anxiety once you overcome you fear you will overcome depersonalization that is created by social anxiety. I read a book by claire Weekes called hope and help for your nerves, It is GREAT and explains how to overcome depersonalization. I am tired now but will continue if I get an interest? Bye Jerry
Thanks for sharing your experiences - very interesting and useful.
I was diagnosed with anxiety 10 years ago and treated with meds and counselling after suffering depersonalization and panic attacks. It took about two years but then I was loads better. Unfortunately I've been hit with an episode of depression which has brought the anxiety back and I'm on Paxil and currently awaiting CBT. I've also been correctly diagnosed this time with social anxiety.
One thing that helped me during my depersonalization was a thing called the 'Mitchell Technique' in which you scan the body relaxing each part in turn....
Please tell us more about your experiences - I'm very interested. Which med did they put you on? They put me on Dothiepin originally which worked but was very brutal in terms of drowsiness...
Best Wishes.....<p>[This message has been edited by Zafu (edited 01-27-2002).]
what really helps me get out of this weired state is a drink! A glass of wine - and 5 mins later I feel like myself again. I try not to abuse it though. I sometimes have a drink after I get home from work, before dinner. Works miracles for me - better than valium.
I tried working out when I felt weired. BUt it didn't really help. In fact, it made me feel worse, just seeing all these people made me feel even more out of it.