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    Old 10-11-2003, 03:45 AM   #1
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    Post Derealization anxiety-does it ever go awy?

    I'm not sure anymore what is the problem in my case (anxiety causing depression or vice versa) but this derealization thing is making me really miserable. I have real problem relaxing and not thinking about it and the minute I do, it stands over me like a guardian.
    Does that spacey, unreal feelings ever go away? I don't take any medication, except St John's Wort and vitamins. I've read that medication can even make this feelings worse (or create more anxiety). Sometimes I take benzos but not continously.
    It's making me socialy anxious, although I've never been shy person. I feel good only with people I know, but even then I'm melancholic knowing this won't go away tommorow. I would like sooo much that it was all a bad dream and sometimes I feel even like it could be that.
    There are times when I don't think about it and then I feel fine. Te same is if I accept it and not strugle. But when I manage to live normal and with hope for a short time, just thinking about it makes it come back and the cycle starts from the beginning. I'm starting to loose hope and the depression part is leaving me unmotivated.
    This feeling is my number one anxiety. I cope with it, go out, I plan to start excercising, and I try to do things I enjoyed before, but is it enough to eliminate this with time? Or to make it bearable?

    If someone has similar experiences or have some advice please share.

    Good luck.

     
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    Old 10-11-2003, 06:07 AM   #2
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    For a long time I truly thought I was alone when it came to this feeling. Its weird its like everything around you just looks and feels so diffrent its strange but be of good cheer its ALL anxiety. See when we begin to relize this then it starts to go away I used to get it 24/7 it was taking over my life and I had no idea it wa related to anxiety I was nearly suicidal. But than the Good Lord for the internet cause I the only way I could explain it was by calling it unreality spells. But eventually when I finally relized it came from stress I started chilling out.........and guess what by the grace of GOD they went away. They will go away from you to I promise you this as soon as you accept its nothing serious and its stress or that its Just stress related I promise you this. Ill be praying for you.

     
    Old 10-11-2003, 11:18 AM   #3
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    It's your thoughts that are getting you down. Anyone who has seen my posts here knows I'm a big supporter of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) I suffered for years and was on meds but once I found CBT, my life changed in a matter of weeks and was off meds and have never looked back. It's all based on getting your thoughts down on paper and finding any errors (There are 10 common thinking errors people make)in your thoughts. Once you find them they are easy to refute and you feel more positive almost instantly. Pick up a copy of "Been there Done that Do This" to get a good overview of CBT from a guy who suffered before he found it. I think it would help you a great deal... Good Luck.

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    Old 10-12-2003, 05:23 PM   #4
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    derealisation can be confused with lightheadedness
    relaxation is the answer to both
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    Old 10-13-2003, 01:18 AM   #5
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    i can't believe i am saying this. but yes it does go away. the reason why i can't believe i am saying it, is cuz when it started, i felt horrible, like i would be that was for the rest of my life. i worried about brain tumors and things of that nature. well, after my 2 MRI's, i was convinced nothing was wrong upstairs, and they just stopped. its great. i still get a lil "hmmm" feeling, but i know its nothing, and it never gets bad. but if you think about it, it will happen. its odd, i can be doin great for a day or so, and then think: "wow, i haven't been worrying about anything." then i'll think that, and worry, lol. its all mental. just relax and breath steady and truly believe its just harmless anxiety and they will diminish.

     
    Old 10-13-2003, 10:28 PM   #6
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    Streetracer,
    I know exactly what you mean about catching yourself not worrying and getting anxious anymore. Sometimes I have to pinch myself in situations that used to throw me completely out of whack when I notice that they don't upset me at all anymore. Isn't it great?
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    Old 10-13-2003, 11:39 PM   #7
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    HI, there is a way! i found what works for me...no medications....if you are still looking for solutions let me know. D.
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    Old 10-14-2003, 12:50 PM   #8
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    Was it CBT that worked for you too?
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    I started having derealization in 1979 at the same time I experienced my first panic attack. It was very scary. I was sure I was in the beginning stages of insanity. Turns out my problem was with depression. The depression went away first after numerous trials and dosages of antidepressants (before finding the right combo). Eventually the unreal feelings left. Under stress they return briefly sometimes but they don't cause the fear I used to feel. The less you think about it (or fear it) the faster they go away. Remember too that they are a symptom of depression and anxiety and have nothing to do with Psychosis. By the way St. Johns Wort is not effective for anything other than mild depressions.

     
    Old 10-16-2003, 04:34 AM   #10
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    He there,

    Thanks all for the advice. I agree with all of you that it's not good to think about it. But it seems so hard sometimes. Especially when being tired or hangover or something like that.
    So, there are no medication that can take this away?

    Thanks again.

     
    Old 10-16-2003, 04:43 AM   #11
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    Willk46,

    I am trying to find ou what level of depression I have, but I don't understand how to range it. I understand that becoming suicidal is the worst phase, but I'm not here yet. I don't say that I never thought that it's too hard to live this way but I never thought about attempting something like that.
    I know I have depression, but I think it's closely linked to this anxiety/derealized feelings. I cannot be happy or function normaly if I feel this way. So, I think if I would get rid of the feeling I would return to normal.
    I can say that I feel a little better from St. John's Wort but I don't take it for a month now. I hope there will be some more progress then.

    Thanks for the advice,

    Nina.

     
    Old 10-16-2003, 07:48 PM   #12
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    CBT teaches you tools that enable you to not think about it. Everyone always told me not to worry so much but no one ever told me how not to worry until I found CBT. Check mout one or both of the books I recommended to you previously. Good luck and keep your chin up.
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    Old 10-16-2003, 10:53 PM   #13
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    I also felt if I could get rid of the anxiety/derealized feelings that I would feel better too. I was really fearful that I was in the beginning stages of schizophrenia. Every time I saw a psychotic person I'd freak (and it seemed I was always seeing them more that I had ever before)! I was always told my problem was depression. I did have other symptoms pointing to depression such as loss of appetite and waking early. When I finally got the right anti-depressant (and at a high enough dose!) I definately felt better. At first the derealization became less intense except for occasional panic attacks that temporarily intensified them but these became less and less. When I think back on the day my derealization started I had felt depressed earlier in the day. I remember pacing in my office wondering why I felt so depressed. That evening at a college class the derealization decended on me in a panic attack. I woke up the next morning hoping it was gone but when I arrived at work I felt like I was in a dream (more like a nightmare). I got scared and went to a hospital.

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    Old 10-17-2003, 04:37 AM   #14
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    Billy,

    Did you learn CBT from the psych sessions or from the books you mentioned?

     
    Old 10-17-2003, 04:43 AM   #15
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    Willk,

    How long have you been taking antidepressants? If I knew it was something I'll be taking for few months I would maybe try, but I'm afraid I'll be stuck with it for more than that. So, since it's not that bad yet, I'll try to find my own way out. I also have problems sleeping. I dream all the time and along with that, waking many times during the night.
    I have read this wonderful text considering depression. I would sure recommend it. I found it very comfortimg. Maybe you would find it interesting.
    Here's the link: [url="http://www.clinical-depression.co.uk/learning_path.htm"]http://www.clinical-depression.co.uk/learning_path.htm[/url]

    Best wishes,

    N.

     
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