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I Have Depersonalization Disorder

A Depersonalization Disorder anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Depersonalization Disorder. You're not alone. 654 People

    I really don't know whether I have it

    or not, in all honesty. I'm at the point that although I do depersonalize a lot, it has yet to cause me too much stress/interfere with social life, so I wouldn't consider it maladaptive... I'm on here because, well I don't really know why. I've been "depersonalizing", if that's...
    JohnneyBravo34 JohnneyBravo34 13-15, F Jun 18

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    I think it all started cause my dad has anger

    management issues. He never hit anyone but he would yell and throw things. I grew up terrified he was gonna snap and start beating us one day. My teachers always said I daydreamed too much, but it wasn't too bad growing up. I started to really disconnect when I smoked pot. The...
    ilostmysanity13 ilostmysanity13 22-25, F Jun 3

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    I'm honestly so tired of feeling this way.

    When I try to explain to people how being depersonalized feels I often use the phrase " Almost like you're high but not" and I usually get a "Lucky" or an "Thats awesome" but it's really not. It sucks so badly. I don't like this and I would do almost anything to have this feel...
    faithinmyself faithinmyself 16-17, F Sep 9, 2014

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    I completely understand I've been wondering

    what is happening to me for a year and a half because I haven't been able to explain what is wrong with me. Then I was searching up what makes you feel like you are out of your body. When I talk to people I get super nervous and then everything goes through my head and I get...
    Shadetree111 Shadetree111 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I feel so confused most days,

    I just don't feel like im really here, I feel like Im in a movie watching myself or something. I don't know it's weird, I feel disconnected from my body. it's like my mind and my body are separate. when I look in a mirror I don't recognise myself. like I know it's me but it...
    EnjoyTheSilenceX EnjoyTheSilenceX 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 3, 2014

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    Does anyone have control issues?

    I walk around my house or life in general and just don't feel in control... Like I feel like I'm a robot or something? Not the out of body experience, just the feeling of not being in control at all... And I have existence issues like what does it really mean to "be" and what is...
    Rusty2324 Rusty2324 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 27, 2014

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    I have Depersonalization Disorder

    for almost a year now.It never stops, I dont feel anything, my thoughts are racing In my head and I am lost all the time.It started when I was in a plane.I was going to Italy and when we landed I started feeling weird. I thought it was the different climate or the air pressure...
    Dusan1234 Dusan1234 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 8

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    I am recovered from DP this year

    after 3 years' struggle. It was an extremely challenging period where I almos lost the functions of speaking and writing and even listening comprehenshion. What a remarkable achievement by coming back from the freaking Hell. What an achievement...
    newlife888 newlife888 36-40, M 4 days ago

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    It's been getting a lot worse,

    I can barely go outside anymore. Too much space, everything is 2D pressed up against my eyes
    ScheeleXx ScheeleXx 13-15, M 2 Responses Jun 27

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    Listen to me please, you reading this right

    now I know you're going through a very very hard time but you will get better you will get through this, you're growing as a person I had this "disorder" for 5 years I smoked pot had a very bad experience and that's when it all started probably like many of you reading this, it...
    Itsgoingtobeokayipromise Itsgoingtobeokayipromise 18-21, M 2 days ago

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    I honestly wake up every day wondering

    if everything around me is even real. It just looks so fake, artificial, like a simulation. I get out of bed, not feeling like I'm controlling my own movements. I feel stuck inside a body that I don't have any control over. People, they seem so lifeless, as unreal as the...
    ScheeleXx ScheeleXx 13-15, M 1 Response Jun 12

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    I decided to say my story about my

    Depersonalization Disorder. I began to be really depressed when i moved away from my family and really good friends. I got into this horrible depression and wanted to die so bad. So, my parents decided to move to another state which btw im in right know and my depression has...
    Arlenev Arlenev 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 22, 2014

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    I have depersonalization disorder we believe to

    be the result of complex post traumatic stress disorder. I have a very rare and life threatening disease and my near death experiences and lack of appriopriate care at times have lead me to disassociate. When things get particularly stressful, I disengage and start convincing...
    saltloveandlight saltloveandlight 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 19, 2014

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    it's getting Worse. every morning I wake up

    panicking about who I Am.. I can't look in the mirror sometimes without getting panicky and feeling disconnected from the person staring back at me... is that really me? I freak out if I'm alone for too long by myself with no distractions.. can anyone else relate? I'm scared...
    BeeKay20 BeeKay20 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 10

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    Even though I am recovered,

    I believe DP caused some damages in my neurons or nerual connections, affecting certain cognitive functions such working memory. Currently, I am using Noopept - Nootropics - hoping to fix the damages and enhance neurogenesis.
    newlife888 newlife888 36-40, M 4 days ago

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    Recoverd Depersonalization

    I just want to let everyone know there is hope to get over dp and dr. i had it for over two years and the recovery process took like 6 mos or so. i will be blogging about before recovery, what i went through during recovery, and now :)
    kendra198907 kendra198907 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 24, 2012

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    Hello everyone, I was told about 5 years ago

    that I suffered from depersonalization. Then life happened, well... it seems like I've watched it happen. I'm not writing to complain about this, I'm actually looking to see if anyone would want to chat with my about their experiences. with love p
    tryingtofigureitout95 tryingtofigureitout95 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 23

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    Just A Tidbit For People Newly Going Through This Disorder....

    I, too, have depersonalization/derealization disorder. I used to have it constantly, then it became intermittent, and like you, I was terrified of what happened, when and if it would happen again, and I spent my days in fear, fear of the event itself, and fear of the return...
    Mytherapystsayz Mytherapystsayz 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 20, 2011

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    Cured And A Better Person Now

    hey how are you doing you dont know me but i decided to come back and read about people going through depersonalization , why ? 1 year ago it happened to me and i felt the same way you are feeling right now i literary though i was dying and i felt i had no...
    reinaldocastellanos reinaldocastellanos 22-25, M 4 Responses Jan 11, 2013

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    Hey everyone. I've been struggling with

    depersonalization since I was 12. I am 27 now. I just want you guys to know that it CAN get better. When it first started happening I would take naps constantly, hoping when I'd wake up I'd feel normal again. or i would watch TV. .somehow it helped and took my mind off...
    theprincessteph theprincessteph 26-30, F Jun 21

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    I'm worried about my son

    who has depersonalization disorder but hasn't been formally diagnosed and won't go get treatment. He is antisocial and is uncomfortable talking to strangers. He isn't getting better and is depressed.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 17

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    I'm 16 and I've been suffering from a severe

    depersonalization disorder for just over a year now. At first I pushed it away as being tired, but when it never got better, we went to the doctor (many doctors I might add) and I was diagnosed. It makes me feel like I'm going insane, and it actually got so bad that in January...
    xxChloeMxx xxChloeMxx 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 12, 2014

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    Welcome to My So Called Reality

    I suffer from depersonalization . I basicaly feel detached from the world, its kind of a dream like feeling that comes and goes, but seems to come more often rather than goes. Anyway if anyone knows what i mean let me know
    deftone deftone 26-30, M 39 Responses Nov 19, 2008

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    I Used To Have No Identity Until...

    I invited the PERSON of Jesus Resurrected to Come and Live inside of me and take over this body... And He Did! A Marriage occured! Two becoming One. He is now the Head of this body. I felt dead before, and now I am Alive Forever! It is what I was designed for from the beginning...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 13, 2013

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    Okay, so I don't have a diagnosis,

    my doctor thinks it's a side effect of depression but I've only been depressed for a year and a half. My depersonalization has been going on since I was 14, and I'm 18 now. Ever since my freshman year of high school my memories don't feel like my own. It's like I'm watching them...
    SuperLogan SuperLogan 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    I've been this way for a

    while now, but only received a diagnosis a couple of weeks ago. It's as if you're a pair of eyes sat inside a body, watching yourself move and watching life go by. My senses are affected by it: while I can feel pain, it feels detached from me, if that makes sense. It acts up...
    reversi reversi 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    During my senior year of high school was the

    first time I experienced my depersonalization disorder. I'm now 24 years old and still can say I'm suffering from this never ending disease. I currently only focus on feeling detached and wondering why I constantly feel this way, everyday is a daily struggle of not being able to...
    katejen2 katejen2 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 10

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    I'm 17, and I've been suffering with this

    for a little over a year. It has been the worst thing to ever happen to me. This is the scariest mental illness I have ever experienced, and I'm hoping through this site to gain a little hope. Right now, it feels like it's never going to get better. I'm going to college next...
    AFSVC AFSVC 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 5, 2014

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    I have had this disorder

    for a little over 11 months now. It's taken over me, taken who I used to be, the happy young girl. Sociable, empathetic and caring, all gone. What is left is this empty shell working on its own accord, everything on autopilot. And then I look at my hands. These strangers hands...
    Stemperence Stemperence 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 28, 2013

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    I don't have it, but it interests me.

    I am here to talk to anybody who wants to talk about what it's like, or even just to chat. I've never experienced it, but I know of and a bit about it. Basically, just anyone who needs to chat, message me.
    Profclouseau Profclouseau 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 1, 2014

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    fryelo fryelo 13-15, T Jun 19

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    Um hi. So. I actually haven't been diagnosed

    with this (because I won't see my therapist and yeah) but I have talked about it before to my doctor and therapist and they told me I could possibly have it. It's something that comes and goes. I can be like this for 4 or 5 months and I snap out of it for awhile. But I don't...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Sep 3, 2014

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    I've had a few episodes,

    mostly during nighttime. Others here must have it worse, just wanted to say good luck I guess.
    aeinhardt aeinhardt 18-21, M Jul 4

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    So I'm currently battling with this disorder

    and I noticed that nowadays it's getting better. I'm socializing with people and it makes the world more "real" for me. It's like I'm getting back to normal. I read about people that they still have depersonalization even after 7 years and this worries me. Mine started on August...
    AnimeShugosha AnimeShugosha 18-21, F May 13, 2014

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    So I got to talk with a psychiatrist today

    about depersonalization disorder he said that it is part of a defense mechanism that your body uses when a great amount of stress is put on you or anxiety. It kind of helps you not get to the breaking point. Kind of hard to explain what he explained to me. But it is kind of cool...
    Shadetree111 Shadetree111 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    When depersonalizing,

    am I the only one who questions their body parts? To me, when it happens I feel like I'm inside a movie, sort of. And I'll look at my hand and it doesn't feel like mine, and it looks strange to me. And say if I get up to walk, I'll be like "are these REALLY my legs? How am I...
    n0ceur n0ceur 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 10

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    ive run away from my home any times in the past

    for several reasons including abuse but today i feel like i need to leave just to feel normal like maybe somehow it will make me feel better
    thatgothgirluknow thatgothgirluknow 16-17, F Jul 8

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    So I wrote on here about a little over a month

    ago. I have suffered through depersonalization since I was 18. I took this disorder as something I would never be able to overcome but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I have been on lexapro 10 mg since November of 2014 and didn't notice really much of a difference...
    katejen2 katejen2 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    Does anyone else feel completely removed from

    your body? Basically like a lifeless shell? This happened after a breakup in January. For 7 months I have had no relief where I feel like I am in my body. This is hell.
    acstanz acstanz 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 6

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    Read This.

    You've heard a lot about perception I'm guessing. But probably more along the lines of "oh that's what you think, that's your perception", as if it's solely about opinions. Turns out treating your problems as a label, calling it a disorder, or whatever that's victimizing you, is...
    eyeopening eyeopening 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    A Living Hell: My Depersonalization Story

    I'm gonna tell you about this kid who's life had been traumatized by negative events, how his ego had been crushed, how his confidence had simply diminished into thin air, and how his strive for life itself completely stopped. Then I'm gonna tell you how he came out of all of...
    ThatOneGuy57 ThatOneGuy57 22-25, M 2 Responses Sep 19, 2013

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    I'm not sure I "have" this,

    but I'll just describe my experiences and hope that someone gives me advice. When I was a kid, I'd have these episodes. I felt like I was as small as the microscopic pinpoint of a needle, but if you looked a little closer suddenly I ballooned into a gigantic, boundless...
    foreveriscomposedofNows foreveriscomposedofNows 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 23

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    Attention to anyone with DPD/DRD

    that wants their sex drive back! I started taking an herbal supplement from GNC called steel libido and it totally helps. I was hesitant at first but I did research and nothing in it is harmful. I take 4 before my boyfriend and I hook up and it totally does the trick. Takes a...
    reenab29 reenab29 18-21, F Sep 21, 2014

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    I had another episode the other day.

    I had to go all day freaking out that people could tell I "wasn't there". It felt like I was in a movie. I could touch something but not feel it. My face was disappearing in the mirror. I was walking on air. I had so many panic attacks. It's gone now, but I hate when it comes...
    saviscool saviscool 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 23, 2014

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    The psychiatrist that I spoke with today also

    said that doctors who would have to do autopsies on people that they knew back in the day and they would have to depersonalize theirselves to be able to operate on these people. Because they wouldn't be able to do it without depersonalizing themselves. So found that interesting...
    Shadetree111 Shadetree111 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    The Pure Truth.

    I'm not letting anything behind this time. This is me. I have been feeling like this for about year and a half. It is part of what I think might be Depersonalization Disorder. And if it isn't, it's damn close. The thing is that I only feel half-aware of what I do, like I can...
    AZChomp644 AZChomp644 18-21, M 4 Responses Oct 4, 2013

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