anonymous asked:

I'm under the impression that grounding exercises only work when you do them /a lot/..? I'm just so tired.. I try and I feel a tiny bit grounded for a few seconds, and then it's gone. I don't have breaks from my derealization, it's constant, it hasn't stopped for about a year and has gotten progressively worse. I want to cry, but I'm scared it will make me worse. I'm just so scared of nearly everything. I know I should relax and stop worrying but it's so hard. I need friends, too. Ugh..

Hey anon,

Grounding techniques do work better when you do them consistently. They’re helpful when you just do them once, but making them a practice makes them easier to do and more effective.

Talk to a therapist about what you’re going through right now. It sounds like you’re in a lot of distress and need some help.

Try not to beat yourself up about worrying. Relaxing is really hard, but sometimes we end up feeling like “I should just stop.” It really isn’t that easy.

Good luck anon. Stay safe.


anonymous asked:

I've had depersonlization and derealization disorder for about a year and a half now. I've had 5 therapists within that year. But I've closed my case as they weren't helping me. They didn't understand my disorders and I felt uncomfortable talking about it. I think when I did speak about it to them it helped a lot. I really want a new therapist but I don't know how to go about getting another one. I especially don't want another who doesn't understand. I really don't know what to do

Hey anon, I would recommend searching for someone in your area who specializes in the disorder that you have. Your primary care doctor might be able to give you a referral for this. I’m also going to give you some links on finding a therapist.

Best of luck in your recovery and stay strong,


Dissociation is really scary and needs more awareness because although your first though is “they’re a lunitic” you could be helping to calm them, to help them get out of the state they’re in.
It makes you feel as if you aren’t real, nothing is real. That everything feels distant, like a dream. That you may feel you’re in a movie or a video game, or some other odd thing; that you’re not in control.
It may be that you keep forgetting things you know you should remember, making you feel like you’re going insane.
It may be that you feel like you do not know who you are. That the person starring back at you is in fact not you. That the hands or some other part connected to your body are not yours.
It may be that you keep struggling to find out who you really are. That your personality changes like ten times a day and sometimes, you don’t know why you’re acting in such a way.
It is scary, it is real to the person experiencing it, and it isn’t fun to have. It feels as if you’re too sucked into your own head. Like everything that ever exists is in question.

anonymous asked:

hey i have two questions: 1) what is dr;dp ? and 2) what exactly is psychosis ? im scared i may have it but i dunno if i do, could you elaborate on any symptoms of psychosis for me ?

Hello, anon! This is a long response I will put a read more after the response to the first question.

1) Dr; Dp is derealization and depersonalization. Here are some good definitions:  

 “derealization are characterized by a feeling of unreality or detachment from, or unfamiliarity with, the world, be it individuals, inanimate objects, or all surroundings. The individual may feel as if he or she were in a fog, dream, or bubble, or as if there were a veil or a glass wall between the individual and world around. Surroundings may be experienced as artificial, colorless, or lifeless. Derealization is commonly accompanied by subjective visual distortions, such as blurriness, heightened acuity, widened or narrowed visual field, two-dimensionality or flatness, exaggerated three-dimensionality, or altered distance or size of objects, termed macropsia or micropsia.Dr; DP stands for depersonalization and/or derealization” ( X )

“depersonalization, the individual may feel detached from his or her entire being (e.g., “I am no one,” “I have no self”). He or she may also feel subjectively detached from aspects of the self, including feelings (e.g., hyperemotionality: “I know I have feelings, but I don’t feel them”), thoughts (e.g., “My thoughts don’t feel like my own,” “head filled with cotton”), whole body or body parts, or sensations (e.g., touch, proprioception, hunger, thirst, libido). There may also be a diminished sense of agency (e.g., feeling robotic, like an automaton; lacking control of one’s speech or movements).” ( X )

Psychosis, anxiety disorders and   Depersonalization-derealization disorder  are where it often presents. 

Keep reading

Some Extra Symptoms of DID

The list below details some symptoms that may accompany a diagnosis of DID.

Symptoms of DID are similar to those of several other physical and mental disorders, including substance abuse, seizure disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms of DID can include the following:

Changing levels of functioning, from highly effective to nearly disabled

Severe headaches or pain in other parts of the body

Depersonalization (episodes of feeling disconnected or detached from one’s body and thoughts)

Derealization (perceiving the external environment as unreal)

Depression or mood swings

Unexplained changes in eating and sleeping patterns

Anxiety, nervousness, or panic attacks

Problems functioning sexually

Suicide attempts or self-injury

Substance abuse

Amnesia (memory loss) or a sense of “lost time”

Hallucinations (sensory experiences that are not real, such as hearing voices)

A person with DID might repeatedly meet people who seem to know him or her, but whom he or she does not recognize. The personal also might find items that he or she does not remember buying.

anonymous asked:

Whats the difference between derealization and nihilistic delusion?

Hey anon, here are some definitions. I’m going to explain the terms as I know them to go along with the definitions, which come from wikipedia and the online medical dictionary.

Nihilistic delusion: a persistent denial of the existence of particular things or of everything, including oneself, as seen in various forms of schizophrenia. A person who has such a delusion may believe that he or she lives in a shadow or limbo world or that he or she died several years ago and that only the spirit, in a vaporous form, really exists. 

Derealization: an alteration in the perception or experience of the external world so that it seems unreal.

Depersonalization: an anomaly of self-awareness. It can consist of a reality or detachment within the self, regarding one’s mind or body, or being a detached observer of onseself. Subjects feel they have changed, and the world has become vague, dreamlike, less real, or lacking in significance.

So basically, a nihilistic delusion has to do with denial of reality. Derealization and depersonalization are two types of nihilistic delusion, although the term nihilistic delusion generally refers to a very specific combination of the two. Nihilistic delusion is generally more profound and less able to be influenced by depersonalization and derealization coping techniques. DP and DR are often episodic, rather than persistent. Overall though, it’s going to depend a lot on the preferred language of the professional, as the terms can be functionally interchangeable. 

Best of luck and stay strong,


Dissociation: I feel like I am out of control. I am on auto-pilot. My life is just a part of some simulation or movie. I am already mapped out. Nothing is real. I am not real. I can’t even remember where I put anything that I just sat down five minutes ago. I can’t even remember if that thing really happened or if it was a dream. I cannot remember if this thing actually happened. Maybe I was dreaming, maybe I am still dreaming. There’s cars going by and people walking down the sidewalks, but they seem unreal. They’re all distant. I am distant. It’s all a blur. There are so many questions, and answers unknown. Maybe everyone is a creation of my own mind. Maybe I am a creation of someone else’s. I am so unsure. I don’t even recognize myself in the mirror. I spoke to my mother and I said those words, but that was not my voice. Was it? I am so confused. This is scary. I am always daydreaming. Too stuck in my own head. How do I get out? I am changing every second of the day. I am so indecisive. My personality seems to always change. One minute I’m a nice and caring girl, and the next I’m extremely cold towards others. I don’t know who I am. I don’t know if I am. I don’t know anything.