Extreme Depersonalization

Lately I’ve been coming across more and more stories about people worried that they have ‘Extreme Depersonalization / Derealization’.

What is Extreme Depersonalization / Derealization?

It’s the idea that there is some variant of DPDR that only a few people get, that is worse than most (and possibly all) other cases, and is either extremely difficult or totally impossible to treat.

This rare form of Depersonalization and Derealization only strikes down those who are very unlucky. Those people whose circumstances, and how they developed the condition, were unique.

The people who may have taken so much weed that they have suddenly flicked a switch in their brain from ‘normal’ to ‘Extreme Depersonalization / Derealization’ mode.

If they had ‘normal’ or ‘regular’ DPDR, they’d be able to handle it and recover quickly. But unfortunately with the ‘extreme’ variant, it’s virtually impossible to cope with it or cure it.

Extreme Depersonalization

Does that sound familiar? I bet it does.

In fact, I'll bet that if you have DPDR, you've had that exact same thought.

You've thought that your version of DPDR  is different from everyone else's.

Sure, there are lots of scary stories out there, on forums and groups. But they're not at as bad as what you're experiencing, what you're going through.

And there's lots of people out there who have recovered too. But those people MUST be different from you too, right?

They must have had a less serious version of DPDR if they were able to recover at all.

Nobody can quite describe what you're going through, how bad it feels.

But guess what?

Literally every person -- every single person -- who has ever developed Depersonalization disorder has had that exact same fear.

Depersonalization is an anxiety-based disorder. It runs on fear, over-analysis and negative thought habits.

Of course you’re going to assume that you have the worst case ever, or that you are somehow the one person that’s incurable.

I regularly had that thought during my time with Depersonalization and it was incredibly frightening.

But think about it like this:

With an anxiety-based condition where you’re constantly assuming worst-case scenarios, it would be strange if you didn’t have that thought, right??

Extreme Depersonalization

This is vitally important:

Depersonalization / Derealization is NOT an organic disease.

It doesn’t have sizes or stages, or diagnoses of being moderate or extreme. It’s just a habit of thought, a defence mechanism of the brain.

You’re either having those thoughts or you’re not. Sure, you might have a particularly bad day / week with it but that certainly doesn’t mean you’ve suddenly developed some ‘Extreme’ variation of it.

But what about the phrase 'Extreme Depersonalization' itself?

Surely that’s a medical term?

No, it absolutely is not.

In fact, the phrase seems to have developed from panicked posts on various Depersonalization forums, which you should not be reading anyway.

And also -- it doesn’t matter one bit if you got DP from weed / LSD / mushrooms -- or any other drug.

You haven’t ‘damaged’ your brain or caused any permanent change. The cause of the Depersonalization / Derealization is irrelevant, the condition is always the same.

There is NO SUCH THING as ‘Extreme Depersonalization’.

It simply doesn’t exist and you don’t need to worry about having it or ever developing it.

Yes, it’s a frightening condition but it's temporary and harmless and you can recover from it completely!


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