Depersonalization Forum

Please use this forum to discuss information directly related to Depersonalization Disorder. We welcome you to share your own personal experiences with others as well as any treatment or study programs you may know about. We have been forced to restructure the Forum so we could have editing access as needed and be able to Archive older comments once they disappear.  Sorry for the temporary inconvenience, but now we will able to post older material for reference.

Depersonalization Forum
Start a New Topic 
View Entire Thread
Re: Re: Down and more dp/dr... please I need support

Your not schizo, if anything you sound like your having major anxiety. pills did not work for me at all, their only good if their temporary while doing cognitive behavioral therapy. I also recommend seeing a psychologist instead of a psychiatrist because psychologists will help you learn techniques to deal with the anxiety while psychiatrists only usually prescribe stuff. and remember don't give in to the anxious thoughts (thinking your schizo) schizos see things and completely believe their there and noone can convince them their not(lack of insight) and you have alot of insight into how your feeling. keep telling yourself that its the anxiety telling you that and I promise your gonna feel better. and like jeff said you would probably benefit from a cleanse (google the master cleanse) and look at it as an opportunity for change and to feel better because you are gonna get better :)

I saw the new psychiatrist

I saw the new psychiatrist. she told me I am plain anxious and I need to taper off ritalin with help. Then taper off klonopin and sleep pill. Then continue an AD because I am depressed, any AD, and continue and see a day care hospital near my home, with a psychologist, psychiatrist, coach, people that give you, force yourself to go out and do something, goals, etc. She sais dp is not fun but it's anxiety. And it's chronic (yeah). And that zyprexa at low dose or seroquel or risperdal can really help for dissociation. But for now, tapering off ritalin, for good, and going to a day care hospital.

I don't know if I have to cry or not. I am veryy frustrated and I hate to take Paxil because it puts me on a BIG bubble and I hate this. Why to take Paxil if it puts me on derealization? I hate that but what else to try???? I am :( So I have to take this ****. If not I don't know what AD I could take they all doesn't help for dp/dr. Really. But it's not a psychiatrist here who will understand that. And they wont give me anafranil not good at long term for the health. So I don't have any other choice......

She also told me I need a psychiatrist who is severe, not like my parents who are over protective, I need someone who is severe enough to force me to do things. And that anxiety comes from my overprotective parents, who never told me life was okay, my mother was really insercure. I have to be my own parent inside. And be mature, a parent, assuming my decisions too. All those things that I never done. Of my life.

Re: I saw the new psychiatrist

PLEASE reassure me

I need to see a special doctor for the ritalin tapering, the same for cocaine.... even a organism can't help me, it seem you can't taper off like that, bang, I don't understand, they always said to me it is possible.... why they can't put me in a hospital and taper off ritalin? I take 3 - 4 10 mg pills.... it's not 80 mg!!!! What they will say me? That my brain is ****ed up?

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO panicked. SOOOOOOOO sad. Nothing reassures me. Noboy. Bu bf neither. My family neither. Doctors neither. WHY THEY GAVE ME ritalin? Why if I can go crazy?

PLEASE help!!!!

Re: Re: I saw the new psychiatrist

Look, hang on, and hang in there. The new shrink is right about one thing, and that is you need to clear up this anxiety and panic. Withdrawal from a lot of things is tough. But you have to be honest with the shrink, with yourself, and with your friends here. I don't recall hearing about Coke earlier, only the ritalin problems. If you must, contact the shrink and insist of further help with these withdrawals. Even if you have to be hospitalized. YOU MUST GET CLEAN NOW. Do whatever is necessary to clean out your system and begin, in moderation, the antidepressant or Xanax or whatever it next. When you are clean, and clear, and calm, it becomes possible to really look at the best DPD- DR treatments. But for now, clean out your system, whatever it takes. People do know and understand about this crap, and they do care.

Re: Re: Re: I saw the new psychiatrist

Jeff I emailed you.

I feel like a failure. I had a fight with my bf. It's all my fault. I had a overprotective family, and it's why I am like this. Again, it's my fault because I took too much for ritalin whatever and didn't take ad like everybody. BF is fed up, I can't talk to him about bubble, and psychiatrist DONT GET IT. They say it's anxiety,a symptom that I have to live with and I have to get rid of depression first. and taking AD, like Paxil, woh makes dp/dr much worse but they don't care, I have to gey rid of depression so Here it goes, I am alone, no support, I will return in my bubble of Paxil, alone, and it's all my fault, and in my head.

I am in the verge of letting it all go. Even my child. They don't get it. They don't understand that my mind changed since ritalin. And they can't reassure me it didn'y do damages. They can't do anything. And All I want to do is let go. I lost all my mind, my creativity, my strentgh, I tried to explain to plenty of doctors, I feel like a big victim, they don't get it, nobody understand this bubble, it's horrible and I can't like with it forever..... I can't!!!!!!!!! Argh

Re: Re: Re: Re: I saw the new psychiatrist

I just went to the store. Again this unreal feeling, I try not to take ritalin, to wake me up, because it's a bubble, paxil 10 mg is a buble, and I just can't. I can't live again in a surreal world, in a buble! Paxil never helped me, all seem so unreal to me, and I don't panic but I not in time, and I can't think with Paxil, I can't think, I go there and there, but I feel not there at all... I need someone who can give me the med I need, and restore the others, I HATE PAXIL and I don't want to up at 20, and I would just like not to have any in my system, and I just don't know if it's the Paxil whos makes me confused like that, or anxiety. I am way more confused than before..... very very dp/dr..... and unstable.

Why doctors in Quebec doesn't know dp/dr?


I will see a new psychologist in dp/dr!

I will see a new psychologist specialised in dissociation. She is from Since then I will lower Paxil at 7,5 mg I think, and taper off slowly ritalin (I see a doctor specialised in tapering ritalin the 30)....... Ritalin affected derealization a lot, unfortunately, but if I taper off I will see how my brain works and how to manade dp/dr with her....

Ouf. She also works with a psychiatrist specialized in dp/dr.... I saw him once, he suspected temporary lobe epilepsy.... So.


Re: I saw the new psychiatrist

Be careful - psychiatrists love to prescribe drugs that should be used with caution. Olanzapine, seroquel and risperidone have not been used to treat DP/DR, although they may have anti-anxiety effects. Seroquel will turn you into a drooling zombie. I was on it for 2 years. Not fun. I'm currently on Olanzapine (Zyprexa) for an unrelated condition and there are severe weight gain issues with it. I'm talking 70 pounds of weight gain. Careful with antipsychotics. Deal with the anxiety first, then try attacking the DP

Re: Re: I saw the new psychiatrist

I was prescribe zyprexa 2,5 mg for anxiety... and taperinf off Klonopin. I didn't take it, because Lamictal makes me feel stupid, so I don't know. I have it on my purse, but it's for emergencies, and now when I am in public and have an attack, when I take klonopin, my mind answer bu spacing me out and feeling more confused, since ritalin use. So I don't know about zyprexa.

I have major depression caused by ritalin use. I taper off ritalin, and see my post above.



Hi Steph

Ive been up late doing research on DPD all night and i know this is what im suffering from. I tried mushrooms about a year ago, and then 2 days later i had the first panic attack that i had ever had in my life. From that point on ive never felt the same and i meet all the criteria for DPD. I have also tried seroquel along with countless other drugs and you are very right about the zombie effect. I actually wanted to ask you about hypnotherapy. I was wondering if you have tried it and if it has helped with your DP. I have also read about a study done where naxolone or something like that has been given to 11 patients and 3 of them were totally healed and like 7 or something felt much better. just wanted to get your thoughts on all this my email is thx so much