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Has anyone here experienced dissociation as a symptom related to PTSD or other disorders? The past few months this symptom has gotten so intense for me that I have trouble driving my car anywhere and up until this past week I couldn’t even look at my body or in a mirror without panicking completely. My body and my mind are just so disconnected and it makes me feel like I’m going crazy. I just don’t feel like I’m apart of myself and I freak out wondering how I’m moving or talking or anything like that. Thankfully medication and therapy are helping me stabilize, but it’s just not enough yet and I just wondered if anyone else had advice? Probably my least favorite mental illness symptom I’ve had so far and everyone who hears about it thinks I’m a crazy person so that’s not comforting either.

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    • lilee

      785d

      This is extremely common with OCD, to the point we abbreviate dpdr as depersonalization/derealization. We made up a word for it. It sucks so bad, and it's definitely a symptom of lots of stress taking its toll on the body. Maybe take a day or two off for self care

    • lilee

      785d

      This is extremely common with OCD, to the point we abbreviate dpdr as depersonalization/derealization. We made up a word for it. It sucks so bad, and it's definitely a symptom of lots of stress taking its toll on the body. Maybe take a day or two off for self care

    • KittyKatKuo

      786d

      Dissociation rides on many mental issues. PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, trauma etc. As for advice for it thats a bit tricky as everyone is a bit different. Are you getting triggered into it? Is it a panic response to driving/daily activities? Do you feel like your not in your body, kinda just there watching things happen or your body is in autopilot?

      • Cece7

        785d

        @KittyKatKuo I’m not entirely sure what causes it that’s my biggest struggle is all of a sudden I’m in the car or a stressful situation and I’m aware of my body and I feel like I’m an outsider looking in like I don’t really know how to explain but I just get so self aware of the movements my body makes and how it’s connected to my mind and I just dont feel like it’s me. It gets so extreme in bad moments I see a reflection of myself and freak out because I can’t recognize my own body. Definitely feel like I’m not in it. I do have a lot of trauma I’m healing from so I’m sure that plays a part in things but it’s so hard just getting this feeling to stop once it starts

    • KittyKatKuo

      786d

      Do you happen to have imposter syndrome?

      • Cece7

        785d

        @KittyKatKuo I do not but am currently diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression but being assessed for OCD and ADHD next week

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