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    Old 05-20-2018, 05:16 PM   #1
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    hibicheeb HB User
    Month 3 of Derealization/Depersonalization

    I am not even sure where to start. I'm terrified. Three months ago, I had a mental breakdown due to a horrible bout of insomnia. Since that point, I am completely separated from the world. Yesterday, I didn't recognize myself in the mirror. I feel completely emotionless. I am like a shell of myself just floating through the day. Everything looks like a screen. When I try to practice mindfulness (I went through DBT twice for BPD) I re-realize how far I am from being grounded which ends up making my anxiety far worse. Sensory overload also happens VERY easily from things that never bothered me before - sound, light, people, etc. With overload I end up getting dizzy and/or my heart races and I start to panic. It's like I suddenly feel trapped in a situation that poses no threat.

    My therapist, whom I am doing EMDR with, suggested I try my best to do things that are simple and give me a sort of relief - for me these are weightlifting, yoga, coloring, and even more simple--just sitting in a dark room in silence. Her belief is that my brain is in this state right now for a reason - it's protecting me from SOMETHING. And eventually it will fade if I just let it heal.

    I have struggled to find people who are going through this now or have gone through it and come out the other end. Even worse, it seems people go through this for just days or weeks - and here I am on month 3. I feel like I am going crazy. I wish I could better express how scared I am. I just hope someone has some insight. I feel like I am losing my life one day at a time. I'm so empty

    Current Meds: Seroquel (25mg for sleep), Lexapro 10mg (just started 3 weeks ago. for anxiety and depression)

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    Old 05-26-2018, 07:17 PM   #2
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    re: Month 3 of Derealization/Depersonalization

    I've been through depersonalization after an abrupt medication change that I went through because I was referred to a psychiatrist that was opposed to prescribing the class of meds that I was taking at the time and was careless in tapering me off of them and onto the ones he prescribed. One of those meds he put me on was higher dosed Seroquel, and its was getting off of that medication that brought me back into being able to feel right again. I thought at first that this might be a possible cause in your case as well, but now I see that you report that symptoms started 3 months ago and that you started the medication only 3 weeks ago. However, if you do think it may be a contributing factor, there are plenty of medications for sleep that are just as effective that you can talk to your doctor about. I see as well that you mention other symptoms that resemble panic attacks. Depending on the circumstances, many doctors will prescribe a short acting benzodiazepine like ativan or xanax for short term effective relief of those symptoms. I would talk with your prescribing doctor more about your worsening symptoms and see how they might be able to help.

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