I’ve heard this time and time again from Depersonalization sufferers over the years. People who have developed the condition from drugs, trauma etc all describe similar symptoms:
I feel like I'm dreaming when I'm awake
I feel like I'm stuck behind a pane of glass
I feel like I'm not really here
And this leads us to the most fundamental question when it comes to DP:
How do I feel real again?
Now, it sounds like a simple question...
And the answer is simple too!
So let’s break it down in two simple steps:
1. You Can and Will Feel Real Again
This simple fact is the most important thing to understand and accept.
Possibly the most frightening thing about feeling depersonalization and unreality is not the feeling itself -- but the fear that you may never get out of it.
The fact is that depersonalization is typically a very transient feeling and that most people who experience it do so at times of trauma for only a few seconds or minutes at a time. It's part of your brain's natural defence mechanism to allow yourself to get out of a dangerous situation (a burning building etc) without being emotionally overwhelmed.
It is literally designed to be a temporary measure. It is meant to go away. The only thing that makes it stick around is intense analysis of the feeling, which can happen as a result of a bad drug experience, an intense panic attack etc.
I'm certainly not diminishing the difficulty of the experience of DP -- the feelings of seeing reality from behind a pane of glass, stuck in a dream etc can be extremely difficult to live with -- I know this all too well.
But it's imperative to remember that despite what you may come across in various forums, there is absolutely nothing inherently permanent about Depersonalization. As I've said, it's a natural defensive function of the brain that's designed to be temporary.
So don't forget: You Can and Will Feel Real Again!
Which leads us to Step 2:
2. The clue to recovery is in the question.
The question is: How do I feel real again?
And that word is the core of the problem. You’re feeling unreal. You know that reality itself hasn’t actually changed -- there’s never actual visual or tangible alterations.
Your anxiety levels may be through the roof but crucially, your reality testing remains intact at all times.
Sure, it’s very frightening at times -- but if your experience of reality hasn’t changed, all you need to do is change how you feel and you will get back to normal.
DP is 100% an anxiety-based condition and based on habits of thoughts. It’s not an organic disease and it will never develop into anything worse. If you stop the anxiety that’s driving the depersonalization, you will stop the depersonalization -- and feel real again.
It’s really that simple.
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