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Breathingtroubl 03-24-2006 10:07 AM

reality + feeling distant
 
I regularly feel really disconnected from the world around me, ive seen another thread on here with the exact same feelings i get but there does not seem to be many replys.
it can happen anytime and it really is a horrible feeling, my thoughts seem to rush and im constantly thinking these confused thoughts about life and why im here and weird things like that(this just started recently and now im constantly worrying like this)
I can still go out with my mates and go to college and do whatever i want pretty much, but i get lost in those thoughts quite a bit of the time its really not very nice
quick replys would be really appreciated

Therag 03-24-2006 12:02 PM

Re: reality + feeling distant
 
I also get these thoughts. I feel weird, as if I am watching myself with someone elses eyes. I feel unreal. I think sometimes 'what's the point of existence'

Dance4jc 03-24-2006 02:50 PM

Re: reality + feeling distant
 
It sounds to me like you disassociate. Disassociation is real and it is usually sparked by some sort of anxiety or stress. You may want to talk to your doctor about it.

SuchGreatHeight 03-25-2006 01:12 AM

Re: reality + feeling distant
 
I completely agree with Dance4jc. What you describe sounds like a type of dissociation; most likely depersonalization or derealization. With both those though, reducing anxiety, stress or depression can eliminate or lessen the severity of dissociation.

SGH

jlh2605 03-29-2006 01:01 PM

Re: reality + feeling distant
 
Hey, I have these feelings of dissociation fairly regularly as well, I suffer from depression and social anxiety disorder, and have recently been started on venlafaxine which is really helping. My psychiatrist said that dissociation was my way of dealing with anxiety, the medication has helped with the anxiety and I don't dissociate as often now.

Medication may be a bit drastic if you don't suffer any other mental health problems, but dissociation is commonly related to anxiety, and anything you can do to reduce your anxiety will reduce the dissociation. I'm afraid I have't been able to come up with any good ways to bring me out of the dissociated state, I usually have to just wait it out, but if anyone knows of any good ways, PLEASE let me know, I'd really appreciate it.

MissAngela 04-12-2006 05:11 PM

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[QUOTE=jlh2605]Hey, I have these feelings of dissociation fairly regularly as well, I suffer from depression and social anxiety disorder, and have recently been started on venlafaxine which is really helping. My psychiatrist said that dissociation was my way of dealing with anxiety, the medication has helped with the anxiety and I don't dissociate as often now.

Medication may be a bit drastic if you don't suffer any other mental health problems, but dissociation is commonly related to anxiety, and anything you can do to reduce your anxiety will reduce the dissociation. I'm afraid I have't been able to come up with any good ways to bring me out of the dissociated state, I usually have to just wait it out, but if anyone knows of any good ways, PLEASE let me know, I'd really appreciate it.[/QUOTE]

I also have had this before. Did your therapist say it was dangerous? I hope not. That is one of my major concerns.


Thanks
-Angela :angel:


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