Could not agree more! Well said....this so much a part of the anxiety/panic cycle. Where I think so many people get down about this happening to them is they are under the impression that they are experiencing this alone, when in fact it is very common 'symptom.' I experienced both of these and it can be very gut wrenching if you don't understand what is happening. That is why this forum is such a useful tool AND why talk therapy is so very improtant in understanding and confronting this cycle; because one usually learns about this when talking to a therapist, which in turn gives you knowledge, which leads to power to break free.
Everytime I start getting strong anxiety I get the derealization also. My mind wanders and I start to think about if the world is really real or is it just a dream and I think of things like what is the big picture of the world and the point of life. Its very strange and fells video game like.
thanks so much for this posting..i've always wanted to learn more about this particular symptom, but most literature i've read on AD just doesn't seem to cover it, or only describe it very briefly.
btw, am still waiting for more of your journal entries..heh..;) talk to you again real soon ya..till then, take care & have a good weekend..
Thanks! Actually...the last few LONG posts, I just c/p-ed into my journals...just so I can point people there if certain topics come up.
I will be writing another journal soon.
I hope others can truly relate to this...it's one of those not-so-commonly discussed anxiety effect...and a lot of times med side effects are often blamed.
Have a good weekend yourself...hope your friend is coming along!!
Great thread! These two "experiences" are, in my opinion, the most frightening aspect of anxiety/panic. I could deal with the fear of an MI or stroke, of dying, with all the other nasty side effects of a full blown pa, but these made me feel like I was going insane and I found THAT more terrifying than dying!
Your words will help many who didn't have a clear understanding of what was happening to them.
Thanks from all of us!
Thanks so much. I have to agree with you...they are one of the more debilitating symptoms of anxiety. It's bad enough to live with frequent severe anxiety...but then to all of a sudden feel like you are "disconnected" or "detatched" from your world, and yourself? It's awful, and very depressing.
I can't tell you how may eye doctors I tortured when I first experienced this!! Here was a typical exchange with the poor eye experts:
MD: "Well, what are your symptoms?"
Me: "Things just don't look right"
MD: "Ok, so things are blurry?"
Me: "No, not exactly"
MD; "Are you seeing spots?"
MD: "So you have double vision?"
Me: "No, definitely not that...more like my eyes are seeing differently"
MD: "Ummmm, okay then.....let me make a phone call"
*Cue the white jacket that snaps in the back and a personalized escort to a special padded room*
(Ok, kidding about that last part, although I'm sure they thought about it...lol)
When I finally found out what the heck it was...I think I breathed a two week long sigh of relief.
No eye problems, just that darned anxiety, AGAIN. Wicked stuff, that anxiety is.
LOL @ that conversation with the doctor.
You're most welcome! I'll be sure to check out your journal soon. And yes..I think my friend is coming along fine, thanks for asking..just spoke to him briefly yest & he sounded good..baby steps right? ;)
that makes sense. This is all new to me.