When Everything Feels Like a Dream | Depersonalization-Derealization Disorder


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feel all that tangible. Like, you can pick up your phone or a trophy
or a puppy-sized elephant, and it won’t feel as solid as those things would in the
real world. But then, when you wake up and grab your phone
to turn off the alarm, everything goes back to normal. There’s nothing to suggest your phone isn’t
real, or that the hands you use to touch it don’t belong to you. That is… usually. Sometimes, even when we’re awake, our brains
decide it might be in our best interest for our environment, or even our bodies, to just…
not feel real for a while. And this isn’t a rare thing, either. It’s actually a super common experience. But when it sticks around for longer than
it should, it can merit its own diagnosis. This condition is called depersonalization-derealization
disorder, and it’s sometimes abbreviated as DDD. According to the DSM-5, which psychologists
use to diagnose disorders, the name of this condition is pretty descriptive. DDD is defined by persistent or frequent episodes
of depersonalization and/or derealization. Depersonalization is the feeling that your
body, thoughts, sensations, or actions aren’t your own, or aren’t even real — even though
you logically know they are. Derealization is a similar feeling, but it’s
about your surroundings and the things in them. Some people say that experiencing these things
is like having a glass wall between themselves and the world. For others, everything might feel far away
and dream-like, or it might feel like their head is stuffed with cotton. Regardless of what they feel like, though,
these symptoms aren’t actually uncommon. Experiences of depersonalization or derealization
are thought to be the third most common mental health symptom after anxiety and low mood,
and they occur equally in men and women. But when these experiences don’t go away,
that’s where DDD comes in. And that is much rarer: It’s estimated to
occur in only around 1-2% of people. Unfortunately, the factors that lead to its
development and trigger the symptoms are still fairly unknown. It’s often associated with cannabis usage,
but there are plenty of purely psychological causes, too. For example, some research has suggested that
childhood trauma could play a role in developing DDD later in life, especially when that trauma
involves emotional mistreatment. Anecdotally, many people have also reported
that their symptoms are related to periods of extreme stress or anxiety. That’s led some scientists to believe that
depersonalization and derealization are mechanisms the brain uses to protect the mind from potential
threats. But even if they can’t say what specifically
triggers these episodes, they are recognizing some general patterns. Research from 2018 in the journal Consciousness
and Cognition found that certain types of triggers were more likely to induce either
depersonalization or derealization. In the study, they tested 73 participants
who were prone to one of these things, trying to find out if their symptoms would kick in
in response to different kinds of threats. To do this, they performed something called
the Implied Body-Threat Illusion task, which was a simulated blood-test procedure. In it, the researchers don’t actually draw
blood, but they used fake needles and special effect blood to make it look like they did. Everything was pretty realistic, because the
point was to see how participants responded physiologically to threats. First, participants had this procedure done
to them alone. Then, they witnessed it being performed on
a person sitting next to them. The whole time, the researchers were measuring
their temperature and how their skin conducted electricity, also called skin conductance. That might sound like a weird thing to test,
but it’s partly because being threatened makes us sweat, and water is a good conductor. When the scientists looked at the data, they
found that those predisposed to depersonalization showed normal skin conductance when someone
else got a blood test, but decreased conductance when someone was about to perform a test on
them. That likely means that their brains were making
everything seem farther away and less real — and their dampened physiological response
showed it. On the flip side, in those prone to derealization,
their threat response was only dampened when they saw someone else experience the blood
test. Even though the threat wasn’t aimed at them,
it still existed, so it could have had psychological consequences. And to shield them from that fallout, their
brains chose to make their environment seem less real. These findings support what’s known as the
threshold model for these experiences. It suggests that when we detect a threat,
the regions in our brain responsible for emotional processing — called the frontolimbic regions
— may suppress our stress response to it. As a result, the stress is more dull, and
easier to handle. And in those that are prone to depersonalization
and derealization, the threshold for this response is thought to be way lower. So their brains might think things like talking
to a cashier are enough of a threat to cause those numb and unreal sensations. Sometimes, these symptoms can be managed with
psychotherapy. But in many cases, the usual treatments aren’t
actually effective, so scientists have been looking into other techniques. One promising method is called repeated transcranial
magnetic stimulation, or rTMS, and it uses powerful magnets to disrupt the electrical
activity of small brain areas. Specifically, using rTMS on a brain region
called the right temporoparietal junction seems to help symptoms — at least, it did
in a small study of 12 DDD patients. But the studies’ authors do admit that the
study is pretty underpowered, and that they still can’t rule out placebo effects. So other authors are using rTMS to target
different brain areas. Another promising candidate is an area involved
in the brain’s executive control system called the right ventrolateral prefrontal
cortex. A study from 2016 showed that using rTMS on
this area improved symptoms in six of seven patients after 20 sessions, with few side
effects reported. Scientists think that damping down its activity
bumps up that threat threshold we mentioned earlier, stopping symptoms from being triggered
so easily. But again, we don’t have larger studies
to back this up, so psychologists will need to keep working. Sometimes, it can feel frustrating when scientists
don’t totally understand a phenomenon or how to treat it — especially with something
like DDD. But the truth is, each small experiment does
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100 thoughts on “When Everything Feels Like a Dream | Depersonalization-Derealization Disorder

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  2. I'll tell you an easy and fast way to develop depersonalization/derealization–have a legal drug cause neurotoxicity. Have it damage the back region of your brain, causing your brain stem (aka your autonomic nervous system) to trigger your flight-or-fight response. For months. This will lower your stress threshold several times over and trigger DDD that will be constant as your brain tries to heal.

  3. Last year When I started getting depersonslisation I felt like I had aphantasia, I don't know if it was brain fog. now I'm 16 and I have short term memory loss, is this normal?

  4. Funny, MEDICAL CANNABIS has actually all but CURED ME of DDD & several other illnesses & symptoms that would otherwise leave me debilitated. Pushing the ancient crap of cannabis CAUSING lasting negative effects has been fairly disproven. Only harmful when kids under 18 used it chronically, or people who already have bipolar or schizophrenia could possibly get worse. It is more widely known to CURE & greatly treat hundreds of mental & physical health symptoms…

  5. im here to tell me i through the same thing starting from weed & listen to me its gonna be okay. you feel like life is a dream for a amount of time me personally , i went through it for 4 months & it was so scary bc its mentality not physically so no one can really help u but yourself ! sooo wht i tell is very simple & maybe hard but its dont think about it sooner or later its gonna wear off slowly just dont smoke thc & dont think about it if u smoke its gonna start all over again & no one wants that , so dont think about it & it will eventually ware off & remember everything is real TRUST ME.

  6. this is what is happening to me:
    so i basically feel like im in a dream and i cant escape. i dont think im real. most of the times i think im dead or like a ghost. i also feel like that im dieing slowly. i also feel dizzy alot of the times and have black outs. i dunno who to tell .. i told one of my good friends buh he said jus dont think abt it and enjoy life why i can..should this happen to me? im only 10 buh i feel like im going crazy..i cant sleep well..

  7. The two times when I've had this really bad was when strobe lighting did this to me at a halloween experience at a theme park which led to me to almost walk off to the other side of the park before being pulled back. The other time was after a mate put me in a sleeper hold for too long as a joke.

  8. And the great paradox is: talking and thinking about it, makes it worse. So what the hell am I doing here. :-p

  9. When someone experiences a horrific event, or learns of some horrible news, they may temporarily be somewhat detached from reality in a state of shock. That seems like a temporary form of the condition being discussed. Although being in shock might also block one's physical pain as well as emotional pain.

  10. I had this feeling when I was in a car accident. Being a passenger in a car, the first at the intersection, waiting at a red light. After the light turned green, we drove forward, while I saw through the car door window, a car run a light that just turned red. Before it hit our car, watching this happened, the scene was surreal, and my memory of seeing this was like playing a video with a stagnant motion.

  11. I was diagnosed w/ depersonalization && derealization 2 years ago && I can say w/ complete confidence I would never wish this on my worst enemy

  12. I sometimes dissociate when I'm nervous like when I talk in front of a lot of people and its nice to know that it is just a common symptom.

  13. I had an atrocious panic attack which lead to this happening and it's been over 32 hours and I'm still experiencing it and I'm so uncomfortable and idk what to do

  14. My best way of describing it is like in the movie inside out. I feel like one of the characters controlling my body but my brain doesn’t quite connect that I’m actually doing it. It’s scary because I see people as not being real (most of the time even myself) my interactions with people have dwindled because it makes me uncomfortable cause my brain instantly goes to that person isn’t real and we aren’t really having this conversation. I’m well aware that I’m thinking this way but I can’t seem to shake the feeling. I’m starting to look at family members and even question if they’re real and that scares me that I’m losing connection between people I’ve been around my whole life. I feel like I’m going crazy. Does anyone else feel this way?

  15. Also a big trigger for ddd is whenever I go to malls. Idk it’s really random but I feel extra detached. Maybe it’s the lighting idk

  16. This explains why I sometimes dissociate right after a panic/anxiety attack if I can’t get myself out of it

  17. Okay, so I had this disorder, and I can assure you the best way to cure this is just forgetting about it, stop watching videos about it, and interact more, I had it for about 7 months

  18. I'm not sure if I have this. For roughly 5-10 minutes I'll feel lost in reality, I'm not day-dreaming. I'm functioning normally. But then it occurs I'm still awake and it makes me slightly anxious.

  19. I feel human beings including myself are robots or some puppets, I've lost the sense of a persona or aura a person has. Its tough to deal with DDD

  20. Can feeling sort of "disconnected" be considered a version of this?
    Like maybe not frequent enough to be DDD, but as the common psychological occurrence?
    Bc I had that like last week… I felt sort of disconnected and found it really had to produce genuine reactions to things. It was kind of like numbness, I guess? Like I didn't feel any emotion, just. Nothing. And I felt really disconnected, sort of like that glass wall feeling mentioned in this video
    Does anyone know what I'm talking about?? |D

  21. Personally I’ve been feeling like this all the time for the past… well, since I can remember, really. I didn’t know it was an actual condition until about a year ago and when I did, I thought it might be linked to my marijuana usage but periods of trial and testing have shown me that that isn’t the case. I used the exact same analogy of a glass wall around me when trying to describe it to a friend of mine ahaha. It’s a pretty annoying state of consciousness to be in 24/7 because I pretty much feel emotionally numbed down a lot of the time as well. but heyyyy, it could be so much worse right?

  22. I was like huh maybe I have this and then he mentioned the glass wall and then I thought okay MAYBE I do have this

  23. This is the psychological view on these symptoms and they just called it ‘derealisation & depersonalization’ I went to many therapists to get rid of it but nothing works. I got more anxious every day, even only because the terms scared me, it felt like I had a disorder I’d never get rid of. Until I did more and more research and found out dpdr are actually symptoms of the so-called “fight or flight response” This response is activated by the amygdala in the brain (an almond shaped part of the brain which regulates emotions and works as an alarmsystem). Once you’re in a threatening situation, your amygdala will turn on and prepare your body for encountering this danger = the fight or flight response. After the danger is over, you should feel normal again. Only when your body is exposed to danger over and over again, your fight or flight response will be activated longterm, leaving you with all these symptoms:
    – Tunnelvision = which makes your vision so weird
    – Rapid breathing = you will feel dizzy and lightheaded
    – muscle tension
    – racing thoughts
    – feelings of unreality
    – shaking
    – blurred vision/or super sharp
    – worms in front of eyes
    – uneasiness

    All these symptoms are perfectly explainable through evolutionary perspectives. They are all present because of the body feels threatened and does as much as it can to protect itself.
    You don’t have some weird disorder, you have general anxiety. Cognitive therapy won’t work for this.
    You have to:
    – excersise: to use up the overdose of oxygen you have due to rapid breathing
    – do yoga: for muscle relaxation
    – mindfulness
    – positive thinking: negative thinking exhausts the brain and leads to brainfog > making you feel more anxious
    – get enough sleep
    – eat foods that are good for the brain
    – cut out caffeine

    Everything is gonna be okay, you’re okay.

  24. I feel as if nothing is real and that I'm in a dream on autopilot. When I'm "sleeping" I'm good at math and school and the like. But when I'm "awake", I lose the ability to these things and feel like I was dropped off in some random place without realizing it.

  25. I don't think I have this or DID, but I do dissociate sometimes. I think it's a symptom of anxiety for me.
    It usually happens if I've been socializing for an extended period of time, which sucks because it means I just drift away and stop talking and stuff when I'm around other people and they probably get confused and think I'm being a jerk or something.

  26. Americans have the worst social record in the developed world, one in five insists the sun revolves around the earth, and it is illegal to vote for Mickey Mouse making it safe to assume modern science knows absolutely nothing about psychology. Their own studies have shown people are organizing like chickens, but nobody wants to hear that anymore than they wanted to hear Freud's original theory that mental illness is caused by faulty childrearing. Physician Heal Thyself, kick your drug habit and learn how to share your words and play nice, or go to hell. The KKK led US government is now freaking out because the white population is declining faster than any other. Get a life, and learn what intimacy means, before attempting to comprehend depersonalization.

  27. Im 14 and i struggle every day with this.I use to have reallybad anxiety and deppresion but my anxietys been getting better but this is still stuck.Sumtimes i dont even recognize myself in the mirror or my family and It scares me .when i zone out and cant come back i cry for so long and i try to explain to them but they dont understand what its like and it makes me feel worse like if im crazy

  28. I use to have frequent episodes of depersonalizations (at least what I think was depersonalizations) during a period of my live where my generalized anxiety disorder got really bad. And it have a odd and very specific trigger. It happened randomly when I would look in a mirror and my brain started with feels of insufficiency and my brain was convinced that I can’t exist. My brain would go through an infinite regress about how I could feel so bad if I’m not real, until my brain was basically filled with noise. I basically did a hard restart on my brain by stepping away from the mirror and finding a distraction.

  29. i don’t know whats wrong with me but i think someone is watching me and it’s controlling what i do and say and i’m just like the eyes, ugh it’s so hard to explain but i just feel like this life is just my imagination

  30. trans folx who experience dysphoric incongruence are 3x as likely to experience persistent dp/dr (ddd) if it goes untreated, and likelihood for further dissociative events may often appear correlary, but more studies need to be done

  31. The only way out of this guys is knowing our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Not pretending to know him but really giving our lives to him. And it's not just about depersonalisation and derealisation . God wants you to be happy and live a fulfilled life full of your passions and desires. Find a good church that stick to the true word of God and not one that's legalistic / fake motivational / get rich churches and just seek him with all your heart and most importantly turn away from all sin. God bless !

  32. So how do you know when symptoms of the disorder become the actual disorder? How often do you have to have them? Someone educated answer me

  33. You have to experience this because i don't think words can describe it.
    1. I'm never present and even when i try to be i feel like a passenger in my body.
    2. I don't know if the past really happened or if it was a dream.
    3. Dreaming everyday make things worse because it feels like dream and reality are blended into one.
    4. I'm almost 100% certain that a part of me died and what's left along with my consciousness resides in my body as an observer.
    5. Life is just weird….

  34. I'd just want everyone who hasn't experienced this before, it's absolutely more horrifying than anything I've ever watched or experienced. Its almost like I've died and I'm watching those last few seconds before death.

  35. Guys listen to what this guy has said, hes hit the nail on he head. If you are suffering from this condition let me reassure you that IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERMANANT. I promise you. You have to realise that it is nothing more than a debilitating cycle of thoughts. You get anxious, then your mind dissociates (completely natural) but then you obsess too much over this state, which causes more anxiety which in turn causes you to dissociate further. and this vicious cycle goes on and on. Guys if you want your normal life back you have to train your self to ignore these thoughts and get on with life. whenever a thought pops in your head like 'i don't feel real' instead of overthinking it, think to yourself 'whatever' and get on with exactly what you're doing . don't give that thought attention and time which it doesn't deserve. it takes practise it takes persistence but I promise you CAN and WILL be normal again if you realise this. get on with your life and start NOW

  36. "Your appearance now is what we call residual self-image. It is the mental projection of your digital self." – Matrix
    Naturally, increasing use of electric communication leads to greater disembodiment, body-image displacement.
    When you travel at the speed of light, you have no body, so virtual reality can trigger these effects also.
    In float tanks, when the body disassociates mind, death anxiety kicks in, but you can train yourself that its okay.
    In dreams, you don't use eyes, similarly, electricity is not hardware, it is post-rational; it uses the eye as an ear.

  37. Me right now, and looking for a video about it and then it ReAlly being there in the list of videos is another effing weird facet to my now. Whatever this messy feeling is. I hate this feeling like my world and relationships are dematerializing in creepy feeling ways.

  38. I don’t have the disorder but it’s happened to me a couple times. It only lasted for a day. The descriptions of feeling like a glass wall is between you and your surroundings, and about feeling like your head is filled with cotton are pretty accurate

  39. sometimes, very rarely, it happens.
    I remember once when i was walking down the street i suddenly felt like this:-
    who am i? how am i alive?
    what am i doing?
    how am i able to walk ?
    what are these fingers?
    how am i able to control this body?
    it's a weird feeling and i have'nt experienced it in a long time. i wish i could experience again

  40. okay so idk what i have but ima just say this in these comments so somebody can tell me what they think. so if i’m laying down, sitting in class or even walking down the street and i get deep enough into my thoughts i can go out of focus like nothing feels real and it’s not daydreaming because i also do that a lot too so i know the difference it’s like i’m conscious and i can see everything around me but it feels like i’m not really there like nothing feels real and i can do this on command it’s been like this since the 7th grade even though i could always kinda do this it’s never been this intense i get deep into questioning humanity and the situations i’m in and i cant wrap my head around if anything is really happening and it feels like it’s all a dream not even that i even question if it’s a dream the whole thing gets really deep and at that point i’m looking around like wtf is even going on. if you have anything understanding of this pls lmk i wanna get to the root of this

  41. Guys, hi, i’m an ex sufferer, i had the most severe condition of dp dr for 3,5 years, i had no hope and was extremely suicidal. I am trying to support everyone who is struggling with this, as i am out and completely recovered. I made a youtube page, where i am sharing my experience, you are more then welcome to listen to my story and tips on my channel : “In Peace with Reality”. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjP_kJOFsjKkV6TNzW38y5w
    I’m making my content for you!

  42. I've been suffering from Derealization for 20 years now, 7days a week 24h/day and I'm sure it is a life time disease endless nightmare.

  43. If this has happened to you from cannabis, it will go away on its own soon. Its that your brain demands a change from you/ you have been lying to yourself about something or overstressing yourself constantly. Relax and it will slowly go away, go outside, do sports and youl be fine. If it continues after 3 months go to a psychiatrist and do cognitive behavioral therapy.

  44. I have this situation since 2012. I really feel depressed before because I thought nobody can understand my feeling. I don't even know how to describe my feeling and what happend to me. Now I am still depressed but at least, knowing I am not alone made me feel better.

  45. I've had this for about 5 years now, i haven't been professionally diagnosed but i know what the symptoms are like and i know how i feel and i felt this way before i actually did any research on it and figured out the medical term and can i say it 100% sucks. it feels like i'm constantly in a dream ill never wake up out of, my memories don't feel like memories anymore, i can barely remember them, i mean i know they happened but i cant actually remember living them because dreams and reality seems the same and i don't know which is which. sometimes i have to physically remind myself that all that's going on is real, everyone's always talking about these amazing experience they've had but for me its different because even though i might have been there i still don't feel present, i don't feel connected to anything anymore and i just want to go back to normal, i don't even remember how i felt before this and now i'm wondering if i did "wake up" would i even know the difference.

  46. i feel like my body is there but my brain is somewhere else. everyone around me and the surrounding environment seems dreamy but sharp and clear. i also feel echoed and everyone is talking so loudly and when some one talks to me i take a few seconds to realize they’re talking to me. i have it for everyday non stop but it’s worst at night. at night i feel like i had to wake up out of that dream. i felt like i wasn’t in the real world. i felt like my emotions weren’t affected as much as before. idk, it made me gain more confidence sometimes because it felt like i was in a dream and no one would actually care. it felt like, no matter what i would do or say no one would really care, it felt like the world just focused on my THOUGHTS.

  47. I first experienced Depersonalization when i was about 8-9 years old. (5 years after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes) and have had it 24/7 ever since. at first it was just every 2 weeks or so for a few hours. but about a week later it was 24/7. At multiple points i thought i was actually dreaming, that i would wake up at any moment. when ever i brought it up to someone they instantly shut it down, and so I went to the internet. After alot of research i discovered what it was. In some ways what scares me most is that ive been living years thinking that it was just in my head, that i was just imagining the symptoms. But i think what scares me more is that I may never actually experience the rest of my life. And that only 9 years of it actualy felt real, my family dosent feel real, I dont feel real, and nothing feels real. Despite trying everything from meditation to exercise i still feel the same. I dont know what to do, but I still have faith that it will get better. i have experienced a near death experience once, and that was around the time i started feeling depersonalization. I also do alot of stressful things, could that have somthng to do with it? Whatever the reason for this, I still have hope that it will get better.

  48. Could it feel more like being a character in a play? Not either the actor or the character in the moment, just sorta both going about preplanned actions and it doesnt feel like it matters in me or anyone else?

  49. I’ve only derealised once, and the only thing I remember from that day was that it felt like I never woke up. I think I got it after being panicked/anxious all-day-every-day for like a week. Considering how anxious I’ve been over the past week, I’m wondering if it’ll happen again soon…

  50. Sometimes I feel this way, but when I think to myself, “Ah, I’m feeling like it’s just a dream again, but it’s real…” too many times, I feel dizzy and ill. I don’t know why, and it bothers me.

  51. For me it feels like I’m just gonna wake up from the dream a feel like I’m having, even though I know It’s not a dream.

  52. I'm having a version of this that I haven't had since I was a child right now, I had to look it up again, it doesn't scare me as much as it used to as a teen though as a small child it didn't really scare me at all, what this version is is that I am tiny and everything is far away and huge, it's hard to explain but this is one of 2 versions I've had in my life. Cannibas definitely can trigger the other version of it in me but has happened happened without also and that version is horrendous, that version feels like I am not real, nothing is real and I am not really alive, nothing is alive, that this is all some strange projection and i am somewhere else remotely controlling this robotic illusion, like I nor anything I'm experiencing actually exists at all. It is terrifying especially when it's cannibas induced because it can last for hrs. I only smoked cannibas a few times in my life and it was canibbas that first triggered my severe anxiety disorders and pushed along my BPD, I should NEVER have touched any kind of mind altering drugs but I did and it was the beginning of the end, ruined and wasted my only life for a bong. How sad.

  53. I’ve had this before but it went away like a hour or a few minutes later but I smoked weed I had a panic attack then a few months later I’ve been in this for like a week, this time it’s worse, I’m taking CBD oil to see if that helps.

  54. I don't consider my experience to be scientific but my when I play games on my pc for extended periods (7 hours or so) I felt like I am still dreaming and so unrealistic just as the video suggest.

  55. It’s autopilot. Like everything is coming through a screen. It gets better and worse with anxiety but nothing has been the same for over a year.

  56. derealization for me is like my brain interprets my surroundings in a very abstract way, and it's like i'm having a hyper-realistic lucid dream.

  57. I always thought I was just “zoning” out like I’ll be having a conversation and in a split second I’ll totally “zone” out and I just see my self in front of the person and then I’ll go back and it’s just…….
    And I’ll be like taking a test and I’ll be saying stuff “in my head” but I don’t remember if i said it out loud or in my head
    Or I’ll just stand in front of the mirror and it feels like the reflection starring back at me isn’t me

  58. I have this when I’m on my period. It’s not normal pms. It’s fucked. When people talk to me I just hear slow motion “wop wop wop wop”

  59. It's 100% curable.
    Trust me I suffered it for one year straight and then after starting accepting and not obsessing about it made me save my life..

  60. can't believe i've only just found a name for this… i have rare episodes of derealization, not depersonalization… but it's quite freaky when it happens… i'd say it lasts for about 10 seconds… it's usually when i'm out and about, all of a sudden i zone out, and the world in front of me is not real… it's like, i can see everything, but i'm not really there… i might as well be at home watching it on a screen! i've experienced it ever since i was a kid, but it's never really bothered me that much? like i say, after about 10 seconds, i snap out of it… but at the time it really feels like my eyes are there, but i've left my brain at home lol!

  61. i’m not diagnosed with this but i am curious if what i’m experiencing falls under this. i’ll be doing normals things like hanging out with friends or going for a walk and i’ll suddenly feel like i’m no longer attached to the world around me. like i know i’m there but it feels like i’m seeing everything from outside my body but through my body’s eyes?? idk how to explain it,, kinda like a video game i guess ??? but it just occurs randomly and lasts anywhere from 10 mins to a few days and it’s a really uncomfortable feeling ://

  62. Much harder to do larger experiments when a disorder only effects a very small percentage of the population.

    Makes sense to do a bunch of smaller experiments and then do a meta-analysis of said experiments.

  63. This is not unlike when I disassociate with my PTSD. At times I question if I'm awake or dreaming. It it feels like someone else far away is controlling me and my life.

  64. i have this on trips, and days leading up to trips (vacations). I had it in Disneyland for most of the day, until i chilled out a little later. I also had it in Rome for the whole time. I'm scared I am going to have this for all of my future vacations, because I eventually want to travel the world, and I might not be able to do this because of it all feeling like a dream. It could be because of jetlag, but there is no time difference in some of the places i go where i still get it.

  65. This is accurate to me.
    I have, like these weird moments where i just look at somebody for example my mother, and i feel like i don't know who is she. It feels soo unreal, like i'm dreaming or something. My vision gets blurry and all this happens for a couple of seconds. Then i feel like a shame, guilt, i feel scared, i feel paranoid for a moment. This happens to me sometimes, it doesn't happen on daily basis. Let's just say once in a month or two.
    I started to think i have schizophrenia, but then last night i found some videos on YT about this derealization thing, and i found something in common with all of the people. What i've learned about it is, that people who have insomnia and people who uses marijuana has those symptoms and they suffer from it (please correct me if i am wrong).

  66. I sometimes experience these symptoms when otherwise in any of my various dissociative states or when I fail to dissociate and experience my traumas and such head on. It'll feel like I can't be real, or my experiences can't be real. Maybe my wife isn't real, or my body just can't be mine because it's so wrong (gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia). It's pretty trippy but depending on the situation it can relax me a little because part of what's causing me distress is no longer real so I don't need to be as distressed.

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