It's one of the most commonly asked questions of people who have recovered from DP. So what does Depersonalization Recovery FEEL Like?
Well, the short answer is that it feels great.
100% recovery is truly a gift. I am so, so grateful that I have my life and career back on track and that I’m no longer a prisoner to anxious thinking and depersonalized feelings. In particular, I am so happy that I am able to travel and see the world again -- as that was a very strong fear for me and something I thought I would never be able to do again.
There are times when I look back and remember that I lost a full two years of my life to depersonalization before figuring out the way to recover. It’s hard to believe!
So what does Depersonalization Recovery feel like? Here’s a *very* brief overview of what you can expect!
Firstly, you start to accept the basic fact that what you're feeling is non-threatening.
Yes, it's very frightening -- there’s no doubt about that. But that doesn't change the fact that it cannot harm you. That basic realization -- which I outline carefully and reinforce in my DP Manual relaxation audio program -- is absolutely fundamental to recovery. Why so? Because it means you accept it’s ok to be scared and -- just for the time being -- you can allow it to exist without overwhelming you.
Secondly, you stop overreacting to feeling very good or very bad.
While recovering, you’re going to have good days and bad days. The trick is to not to overreact to either -- You don’t allow yourself to feel too down when you feel DP, but at the same time, you don’t allow yourself to get overly excited when you start having completely DP-free days (which you will do, very soon).
Why is this? Because doing so reinforces the belief that the DP itself is IRRELEVANT.
Good or bad, whether it’s there or not, you do not allow it to overly affect your emotions. This habit, strengthened by the basic rules I have laid out, will completely defuse the power that the DP currently has over you.
Thirdly, and this is really the sign that you are recovering -- you start to stop caring whether the DP is there or not.
It comes and it goes, but it affects you less and less. It doesn’t bother you and it doesn’t affect your behaviour or day-to-day choices.
When that happens, you’re basically reversing the process that caused the DP to become a thought-habit in the first place -- and then total recovery happens quite quickly.
And yes, that’s total recovery -- no strings attached, without any trace of DP left, without having to deal with residual anxiety or fears.
It’s gone, and you’re back to the person you were before you ever even knew what depersonalization was.
I did it after two years of chronic depersonalization, and I know thousands of people who did it after far more - and far less - time with DP. And you can do it.
It’s a simple process and it works 100% of the time, simply because it HAS to work.
This isn’t a shot in the dark, it's not endless talk-therapy -- it’s a step-by-step reversal of what caused the DP to become a thought-habit in the first place.
There are core concepts you’ll need to understand and essential rules you’ll need to follow in order for it to work -- but it’s very simple and easy to follow.
I go through it step-by-step in the DP Manual Package in friendly, easy-to-understand language and explain exactly what you need to do in order to recover from Depersonalization as quickly and easily as possible.