“We own our bodies, our dreams…whatever has been taken from us…it is and always has been our own.”
-Tianna G. Hansen
Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by the surrounding environment that everything becomes a fog?
If so, there’s a very good chance that it was a symptom of derealization-depersonalization disorder (D-D Disorder).
D-D Disorder generally refers to a feeling that whatever is happening around you feels like a dream. You become so mentally detached that it’s almost like an out of body experience.
Many who have the disorder have said that voices around them become softer and softer. One person I spoke to said she felt like someone was repeatedly lowering the volume on a remote control till every sound was muted and she completely tuned out.
Additionally, some patients feel like they’re floating in the air and the people around them are either below them or off in a distance.
It’s estimated by reputed psychologists that everyone goes through some symptoms of the disorder at some point. We are after all human beings and none of us are immune to pain and anguish.
When D-D Disorder becomes a cause for concern is when symptoms start occurring too frequently. When this happens, not only do you experience the aforementioned symptoms but you also start losing control of your speech or your movements.
There can be several causes for the D-D Disorder. But ones who experience symptoms over a prolonged period often stem from some kind of trauma. It can also stem from heightened amounts of stress and fear.
So how does one overcome the disorder?
The most popular treatment is psychotherapy (talking to a counselor or therapist). Usually, a trained professional helps you acknowledge that while your stress, fear and/or trauma is indeed real, it doesn’t have to control you.
Here some tips that you might find helpful before you start therapy or even during therapy. I should make a disclaimer here that I’m not a doctor or professionally involved in mental health therapy. These are just techniques that have personally made a pretty significant difference in my outlook:
- Remind yourself that for everything you’ve been through, you’re still alive and here. As long as that’s true, there’s always hope.
- Start your day with being grateful for three things. As you wake up, you could be thankful for things such as waking up under a roof. Or if you’re in a relationship, you could be grateful for waking up next to your significant other. Or whatever comes to your mind at that very moment. Doing so might help trigger a chain reaction of positivity as you get out of bed and carry on.
- Repeat the process at night. Right before sleeping, be grateful for three good things that happened to you. This could range from something menial like having a delicious lunch to something bigger like a phone call from a loved one.
Doing the aforementioned exercises will ensure that no matter how bad your day is, there’ll be some moments of joy, however small, to take away from it.
Have you ever felt so detached from a situation that everything seemed like a haze or a dream? If so, do you think it might have been a symptom of derealization-depersonalization disorder? Why or why not? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.
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