Dissociative/Derealization/ Depersonalization Disorder

Do you ever feel like you are living in two separate realities? For example, the life you live day to day and then there is the life that your brain chooses to live inside your mind.

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming more than normal at times? Do you find yourself losing touch with reality? When I am depressed I notice that I daydream more than normal. Driving is when I daydream the most. Thank God for our subconsciousness taking over or something bad would have already happened.

Bipolar patients experience more psychological dissociation than anxiety and depression patients. Just my luck, I have all of them. So what triggers these out of body moments like you are watching a movie of yourself? STRESS, severe stress. A few other triggers are alcohol, marijuana, brain injuries and brain tumors. Lucky me, I have a brain tumor (sarcasm).

Apparently half of the world population has experienced this at least once in their lifetime. Only 2% are actually diagnosed with this type of disorder.

My therapist told me how to bring myself back to this reality. It’s 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Look for 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste. She uses this technique on her patients that have episodes during their session.

My therapist did tell me that since I do have a brain tumor that all my senses are heightened and I experience some things more than most people with Bipolar due to being hypersensitive.

I hope this helps at least one person. Good Luck and stay blessed.

Published by tabbi41

I live in Long Beach, MS with my husband and 2 children. I have many health issues which I will be talking about and other various topics.

4 thoughts on “Dissociative/Derealization/ Depersonalization Disorder

  1. Don’t give up, there are many other and better ways to get relief from DPDR than just counting exercises.

    Hope you’re feeling better now, good luck.


  2. Thank you for sharing this. I was diagnosed with high functioning depression when I was 15 and then in late 2014, I was diagnosed with depersonalization, so I understand what you are writing about.

    I am in nearly full remission from depersonalization, and it took a lot of work. Being present is a major key. When you start going to that depersonalized space, pay attention to what your body is feeling and even say it out loud. Physical sensations, and reconnecting with the physical self, help return me to a non-depersonalized state. The anxious mind does try to distract, but it is important to focus.

    I hope this helps a little bit but if you want to talk more, let me know. I hope you are feeling better!


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