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anyone end up DP/DR from abuse?

I'm pretty sure my DP/DR started about 4 or 5 years old and am now an acute sufferer, almost full time. nothing helps and i don't react well to anti-depression medication,or anti-psychotics. and i see so few who can say they fully recovered some think they do on some meds only to fall back into the DP/DR state? I've been suffering for over 20 years. i feel as if I'm never going to get better, that I'm stuck this way for the rest of my life, and i can't see it being much of a life. i am unable to get medical help as i have no insurance. i don't know what to do.

Re: anyone end up DP/DR from abuse?

It will take a serious commitment to self-care, and while that might not be your cure, it certainly won't hurt. I also think it needs to be routine--I know for me anyway, I'll pick something up for a month and then forget it... but it would be better for your body if it were routine. Go to bed and wake up same time everyday; eat balanced meals at regular times (maybe having more smaller meals during the day; exercise (deep breathing and stretching / walking); etc. Limit overloading your senses too much during the day--dimmer lighting; less noise; etc., if you can.

Remind yourself that your mind is exhausted and forgive yourself for whatever your blaming yourself for. Make time to write in a diary every day--that and praying both seem like ways to communicate with a part of your ego that may be feeling neglected.

If you catch yourself staring off into space or feeling pitiful or being down on yourself, try to interrupt it with something productive or positive (even a movie).

Good luck un-stucking yourself.

By the way, I think self-care can often be more healing than anything else--so don't despair about not having insurance. It will require more work from you, but the outcome should be greater.