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Old 06-04-2012, 12:57 AM
Location: where people are either too stupid to leave or too stuck to move
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You are not in a dream. Because that would imply that we aren't real and I can assure I am.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:04 AM
Location: In a state of denial
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I had a traumatic even happen and felt like I was in a dream for a about a year. My doctor said it was PTSD. I worked with a trauma specialist and now I'm better. I hope it never comes back, but as I understand now it can come back if under stress or another traumatic event happens.

good luck to you!
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:45 AM
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Originally Posted by nimchimpsky View Post
I'm not a mental health professional, but from my own experience, I can say that what you described is often a reaction to abuse. I used to dissociate very strongly growing up (I was abused for years). I've since learned how to live inside my body again. I would definitely explore trauma-related therapy. It's definitely worth pursuing because quality of life improves when you're actually able to live it. If it does happen to be trauma-related (which I am guessing is the most likely case), you'll have to work on reintegrating your thoughts and feelings. People who have been through trauma and dissociate strongly tend to compartmentalize the abuse and fractionate their emotions, which is what leads to depersonalization/dissociation. Since it's often a coping mechanism to deal with a history of abuse, the only way to reverse the symptoms is to confront the abuse in a way and at a pace that you can handle.
What she said. And it really is not funny. It's terribly frightening to people who are experiencing it.

I hope that the OP seeks treatment from a competent caring therapist.

I can reassure you with 100% certainty that you are not a ghost and you are not having a paranormal experience. I have read about these feelings of depersonalization and detachment. They really must be terrifying.

I wish you well.
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