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Hi [Feb. 12th, 2007|08:28 pm]
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I've been having a lot of problems lately. If someone could really just maybe give me some encouraging words, I'd really appreciate it. That's all I really want. Please just remind me this gets better. Please.
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DP/DR Project [Feb. 12th, 2007|05:11 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

Hello~! This community doesn't seem to have had any posts recently, but I figured I'd give it a shot. Firstly, my survey..

How long have you had DP/DR?
I had chronic DP/DR for nearly a year, from around July 2005 to April or May in 2006.

Do you have DP or DR or both?
A combination of the two. Maybe the DR was more prominant.

Do you know the cause of your DP/DR?
I can't pinpoint the exact cause, I can only hypothesize. The time when it began was a pretty transitional and stressful time in my life. My high school boyfriend of a year and a half and I had broken up, and I had started to see my current boyfriend. I was preparing to go away to college. I began attending the college that was basically my dream school (I know that sometimes, DP experiences can manifest in "too good to be true" kind of situations as well). The college schedule seemed to take a toll as well, and my sleep schedules changed, and I started to rely more on caffeine. Actually, to this day I try to avoid caffeine for the most part, as it tends to trigger me.

Is DP/DR a big part of your life?
It was a huge and horrible part of my life that nobody really knew about. My DP/DR made it nearly impossible for me to participate in school, and to form close relationships with new friends. Also an interesting symptom, I was so worn out from it that I was constantly tired, and my confusion and difficulty with communicating with others and even with myself often led me to spend a full day just sleeping. Essentially, all aspects of my life suffered- I went from a cheery, outgoing, intellectual girl to someone whose classmates were hard pressed to describe as anything but just "quiet."

Have you taken medication for your DP/DR?
No, I haven't.

Do you think you'll ever overcome your DP/DR?
My chronic DP/DR went away, as I said, in the spring of last year. While it was a gradual "lifing of the veil" as one could say, I do remember a particular moment, sitting on my boyfriend's bed and watching him play video games (yah, yah, not the most dramatic of situations..), when I realized all of the sudden that I wasn't DP/DR. This does not mean that I never have these experiences anymore. Caffeine is a big trigger of mine, as is sleep depravation, and too much philosophical thinking (silly-sounding but true). The other thing that I've noticed with regards to DPing in class was that the more I stay active in the discussion, rather than simply taking a passive role, the less likely it is for me to have the experience. I tend to think of it like- by keeping in constant communication, I am tying myself securely to the other people in the room, the reality of the room, and the reality of myself. At any rate, I do have to say that I still live in constant fear of a day when my chronic DP/DR could come back full force, I pray that it does not happen though.

Whew, that was long. Anyway, now on to a question for you guys. Right now in one of my psychology classes, we have a project to do. The assignment is kind of loose, but basically we have to make "something creative" that would help either people experiencing a disorder or their families and friends. Past examples of the projects were children's books, informative pamphlets, websites, films, etc. Naturally, I would like to do my project on DP/DR. So- I thought I might benefit from some input from others who have gone through or are going through it. What kind of thing would you find most useful, or would you most like to see your families and friends have access to? I hope you can help me out!
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(no subject) [Oct. 1st, 2006|06:59 pm]
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Hey you guys! My name is Haley, I'm 17, and have Borderline Personality Disorder. I dont think I've ever introduced myself...so HI!


I've been trying to distract myself from my dissociation...

I'm almost always crafting because it seems to be the best way for me to take my mind off of it.


I decided to enter sassybb.coms design contest to keep myself occupied!

I would really appreciate it if you guys could please vote for me!

I am not a designer...and have only been sewing for 2 weeks...but I tried really really really hard!

click the link to vote


vote fo K!

pics of my purse under the cut!

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(no subject) [Apr. 9th, 2006|08:50 pm]
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Just joined... Does anyone know: Is there a connection between DP/DR and epilepsy? That's my big question.

How long have you had DP/DR?
Since I was about 10 or 11.

Do you have DP or DR or both?
Both. DP is worse than DR.

Do you know the cause of your DP/DR?
Not really. My current psychiatrist seems to think it is PTSD or something like it from abuse suffered by me as a child. I'm not so sure it isn't biological.

Is DP/DR a big part of your life?
If I am having a bad day/week/month, then it can make me close to completely non-functional. If not, then I hardly think about it. However, I have modified my life -- can't stand some kinds of lighting, etc.

Have you taken medication for your DP/DR? If you haven't, would you be willing to try?
Yes. I've been taking Klonopin for the past few years, and I've found it's the only medication that has ever actually helped. I'm currently somewhat in crisis mode since I'm gradually stepping down Klonopin to quit for a while, since I'm trying to get pregnant. It's so bad right now, though, even after only a 1/2mg step down from 3 to 2 1/2, that I'm not sure I can do it and still function, go to work, etc. And I have to continue working -- besides, this makes me so incredibly miserable I'm not sure I could do it if it continues like this, even if I wasn't working.

Do you think you'll ever overcome your DP/DR?
I seriously doubt it. It seems to have done nothing but get worse as I've gotten older, from occasional episodes when I was a kid and young teen to total crisis at age 20. I'm in my 30's now and only seem to get more and more medicated just to maintain the same minimal functionality.
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(no subject) [Mar. 15th, 2006|10:05 am]
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Hello Everyone,

I am Danielle. I'm 32 years old and have had symptoms of DP/DR since I was 16.

How long have you had DP/DR? 16 years

Do you have DP or DR or both? both

Do you know the cause of your DP/DR? Could be a multitude of things. I have PCOS and anxiety is a common symptom of that. I have panic attacks too. I also think it might be pot related. I no longer smoke, but this seemed to have come on after a particularly strong batch and being around or smoking pot antagonizes my symptoms.

Is DP/DR a big part of your life? Definitely, I experience symptoms about 90% of the time.

Have you taken medication for your DP/DR? I am currently seeing a shrink and am on Effexor. It does not seem to be doing anything to relieve my symptoms

Do you think you'll ever overcome your DP/DR? Not completely but my hope is to reduces the amount of suffering.
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(no subject) [Feb. 4th, 2006|03:06 pm]
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[mood |weirdweird]

I'm Katie. I'm new. I'm 16. I've always dealt with anxiety. I have obsessive compulsive tendencies and generalized anxiety.

How long have you had DP/DR? about four years

Do you have DP or DR or both? both

Do you know the cause of your DP/DR? anxiety and stress, I went to a psychologist in 8th grade to help me with it but it just added more anxiety and stress...

Is DP/DR a big part of your life? yeah, I experience my non-reality for most of the day

Have you taken medication for your DP/DR? If you haven't, would you be willing to try? no, I am not diagnosed and don't take medication for it, and I probably wouldn't really want any

Do you think you'll ever overcome your DP/DR? not really
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(no subject) [Jan. 31st, 2006|04:58 pm]
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[mood |crushedcrushed]
[music |three days grace- like you]

Im Annie and im new, i guess recently things have been getting crappy. i dont know who to go see since i moved to san francisco i dont have a dr. up here. if anyone lives here do you know how i could find someone who could help me out cuz im at my wits end i dont even remember feeling connected to even myself.

How long have you had DP/DR? five years almost six

Do you have DP or DR or both? Both..

Do you know the cause of your DP/DR? extreme anxiety/ agoraphobia

Is DP/DR a big part of your life? getting worse unfortunatly.

Have you taken medication for your DP/DR? If you haven't, would you be willing to try? ive taken meds for depression, and anxiety. (lexapro, welbutrin, paxil, and zoloft) i overdosed of of welbutrin, lexapro made me very sick, the others failed.

Do you think you'll ever overcome your DP/DR? i hope i will, its not much of a life.
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(no subject) [Dec. 24th, 2005|01:13 am]
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Hi. I'm new.

How long have you had DP/DR?
It's been a few years (maybe 3 or 4).

Do you have DP or DR or both?
DR and DP.

Do you know the cause of your DP/DR?
Depression side-effect.

Is DP/DR a big part of your life?
No. I don't get the episodes often enough. Maybe once a month. But when they do happen, I am unable to function for about 3-5+ hours. The only thing I feel constantly is that my hands/arms are detached from me and they are growing longer.

Have you taken medication for your DP/DR? If you haven't, would you be willing to try?
No. I've been on prozac for three years and I've gotten off them. Now the episodes have gone worse, but I'm not doing anything about it (stubborn).

Do you think you'll ever overcome your DP/DR?
I have no idea.


I was wondering how many of you develop an extreme case of paranoia when you get a DP episode. I think it's the part of the dp that bothers me most. I start getting irrational thoughts, like someone is going to kill me, etc. and I am unable to do anything about it because I am currently "in another world and anything can happen." I was wondering how many of you have similar experiences.

Sometimes when I lie down I feel like I'm actually flying out of my body. I look down, and I see myself. I feel like I'm hovering. These kind of things really bother me. I wonder if anyone else experiences this and what they usually do about them.
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(no subject) [Jul. 30th, 2005|09:31 am]
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[mood |tiredtired]
[music |iron and wine- such great heights]

ahoy, i'm new to this community. i'm so glad to have found it.. i have been suffering with dp/dr for 3 years, 24/7, everyday, and i don't know anyone who has it. i found out i had it about 8 months ago and before that i had no idea what the hell was happening. for the first year, i was convinced that i was dying. i'm so glad to know what it is now and know that i'm not alone.

none of my friends seem to believe me or believe the intensity of dp/dr because, as i'm sure you all know, people who have it tend not to show it. thats sort of hard.

anyways, i have started a dp/dr community also and i'd love love love for people to JOIN. www.livejournal.com/community/dp_drdisorder .

thanks to you all.


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