The Truth About Blank Mind Syndrome

The TRUTH About Blank Mind Syndrome

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One of the Depersonalization symptoms that’s most commonly experienced is the ‘Blank Mind Syndrome’.

People report:

  • Being unable to put together a thought

  • Having no thoughts at all

  • Feeling 'My mind is empty'

  • Having a blank state of mind

  • Having no inner monologue

  • Brain Fog

  • Having worries like: 'My head is blank' / 'Why does my brain feel empty?' / 'Why does my mind always feel blank?'

It can be a very frightening experience. So frightening, in fact, that people come to the conclusion that it can’t just be caused by Depersonalization and anxiety.

Your mind blanking must be some other rare, bizarre condition that wipes people’s brains clean. Or maybe it's something simpler, but just as serious, like a problem with the brain's ability to retain memories.

But don’t worry - the truth behind Blank Mind Syndrome is actually very simple!

Blank Mind Syndrome

Firstly, you must understand that Depersonalization is a very common reaction to stressful events, be it trauma, a car accident, or as is very common, after smoking weed. It’s a natural defense mechanism that, when it doesn't dissipate naturally, can turn into an an ongoing condition. 

What this typically feels like is that you’re stuck in a bubble looking at reality, that reality is not real, that you're emotionally numb, that you’re stuck in a dream, that other people are robots.

It can be frightening but it CANNOT harm you.

And of course, the mind struggles to interpret this. For me, I was sure that I had died and was stuck in purgatory.

It’s SO common to jump to strange, frightening conclusions. And some people, with their thoughts disrupted by stress and DP, assume that they're unable to even form thoughts anymore - and have developed ‘Blank Mind Syndrome’. 

In the context of the sudden onset of DP and the mind trying to make sense of it, it’s totally understandable. The brain desperately wants to find an explanation, and ‘Blank Mind Syndrome’ seems plausible.

The only problem is....

There’s NO SUCH THING as ‘Blank Mind Syndrome'.

It literally doesn’t exist. It’s not in the DSM-5. No doctor has ever diagnosed a patient with having 'a blank state of mind'.

It’s only something that turns up in online forums. Sure, it’s an interpretation of a symptom - but it’s like if I got hayfever and diagnosed myself with ‘Runny Nose Syndrome’.

It wouldn’t be an inaccurate description but it certainly doesn’t help with my recovery!

So why do people post about it so much? Well, that's a good question!

If you had a crippling, mysterious mind-blanking condition that didn't allow you to form thoughts, what would definitely have trouble doing?

Discussing it. Right??

I mean, how could you discuss a topic if your mind was really, truly blank? You couldn't!

And yet, that’s what people do constantly in forums. And they do so in great detail!

Their ability to describe and discuss the condition is totally contradictory to what the condition is supposed to be!

Now, I don’t blame anyone who thinks 'my head is blank, so I must have Blank Mind Syndrome' -- At one point in my DP experience I legitimately thought that I was in another dimension, and would have found that as plausible an explanation as any.

But it’s so important to step back and look at your thoughts and behaviour objectively. And to remember that with any anxiety spectrum disorder, one of the most counterproductive things you can do is to spend time looking for explanations on forums.

Because what’s more likely?

A: That you have developed some mysterious mind blanking condition that wipes thoughts and prevents your mind from visualizing and planning
(but you can still describe it and write about it)

OR...

B: You’re just trying to make sense of the scary experience of DP, just like everyone who gets it?

Blank Mind Syndrome

People are frightened that they have lost their ‘inner monologue’.

But when does an inner monologue happen?

When you’re not thinking about it!

It’s something that happens naturally, when you are focused on going about your normal daily life. Most people never even notice that it’s there.

But if you’re actively looking for it, you’re constantly interrupting it. Your constant monitoring of it makes it impossible to happen naturally, and then you freak out that it’s not there.

Doesn’t that make sense?

Look, it’s totally understandable that you would come to weird, frightening conclusions. But there is literally nothing to be worried about. Of course your thoughts haven’t stopped, your mind isn't blanking and your brain isn’t going to be ‘wiped’.

That blank state of mind that seems so scary? It's nothing more than temporarily having trouble focusing because of anxiety. That's all! 

Here's what it comes down to:

If you’re thinking ‘I can’t put a thought together’ -- guess what?

You just put a thought together!

Literally EVERYBODY who gets DP experiences these thoughts. That’s why people become convinced that they’re living in a dream, that they’re in purgatory or that they’re going to disappear.

These 'mind blanking' thoughts are frightening but that’s all they are: thoughts. They’re unfounded worries of your brain trying to make sense of a strange - but ultimately harmless - experience.

But here's the good news: You don’t need to worry and you don’t need to address each of these symptoms individually.

DP is caused by anxiety, as is every one of these thoughts - even the thought of not being able to form a thought!

And all of these symptoms, weird feelings and thoughts will stop completely as you recover. You can and will get back to normal!

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Start your Recovery from DP today!

Shaun O Connor

Hi there! My name's Shaun.

Back in 2005 I suddenly developed chronic Depersonalization Disorder. For almost two years my life, my career, everything went on hold. It was a living nightmare. But through much trial and error, I began to understand what was happening, and how to stop the Depersonalization symptoms, including all the terrifying thoughts and feelings. I made a TOTAL recovery, and I wrote the DP Manual to help others do exactly the same. The DP Manual Package contains everything you need to know for YOUR recovery from Depersonalization.

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