Feeling detached/Dissociative disorder. A newbie introduction...

Hello everyone! I have been a lurker for some time, but I think it is time for me to share my story, as well as a self-diagnosed disorder, which I believe goes hand in hand with my MD.

I am a married, 35 year-old mother of one.  I've had MD for as long as I can remember. I remember being a little girl and longing for bedtime so that I could dream my little scenarios with no constant interruptions. It has never stopped since then. It has now become my "comfort zone". I've always been an unhappy, depressed person, although I have been great at hiding it. When I'm feeling really down, all I have to do is daydream. It's like a warm cozy blanket that surrounds me and makes everything better. I am totally addicted, but I have no intention of stopping or slowing down, as I get such pleasure and comfort doing so.

MD is truly like my happy pill. It's what keeps me going through the day. Without it, I think I would fall apart. I tried 2 different anti-depressants for a while many years ago, and although my mood got better, it felt very fake, and completely surreal (and I was still daydreaming a lot). It was an unpleasant feeling so I stopped taking them.  I've always known there was something wrong with me, and that's where the depersonalization disorder comes into the picture.

Per Wikipedia, it is a dissociative disorder in which the sufferer is affected by persistent or recurrent feelings of depersonalization . Diagnostic criteria include persistent or recurrent experiences of feeling detached from one's mental processes or body.[1] The symptoms include a sense of automation, going through the motions of life but not experiencing it, feeling as though one is in a movie, feeling as though one is in a dream, feeling a disconnection from one's body; out-of-body experience, a detachment from one's body, environment and difficulty relating oneself to reality.

A person with this disorder has no problem differentiating between what's real and what's not. It's just a strong feeling that we are not supposed to be part of that reality, including the body we are trapped in. Does that make sense?

I have NEVER recognized myself in the mirror. NEVER. When I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror or in pictures, it feels like I'm looking at someone else, even after 35 years! There is a complete disconnect. I remember telling my aunt when I was about 8 years-old that I did not feel like myself. I feel like I am this little ball of energy inside this foreign body. My physical appearance, my voice, my personality, my life are NOT mine. For example, I spent the morning talking to another mom at the playground while my daughter was playing. It was highly irritating, because here I was, having a nice conversation, yet it felt like it was not me talking, like I was just an observer, even though words where coming out of my mouth. It can get very debilitating at times, and that's where MD "helps". That's when I project who I think I really am. Can anybody relate?

 

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Yes! My mom was recently going through pictures when we were babies and there are none of me, I might have like a few pics but I was not one who liked being photographed. Everytime I go in the bathroom I look in the mirror but I will just find something on my face and focus on that. I am in a body where I use my eyesight to see the world but never to see myself or focus on how I really look physically. When I put make up on I feel pretty but not necessarily me, meaning is that really how I look with it? Or is it a mask I hide beneath?  If I talk to new people I can open up and be perky as if I have no worry in the world but once its all done I am alone. It's like I got to escape for a bit and it feels good but go back to my dungeon. I always thought how they say "one in a million" will have this or that and I always had the feeling i was the "one" that had to suffer. Its a big relief that there are others with different symptoms and not everyone is living in a "perfect" body or life.
Yeah I think I might have this too... :/
That sounds a lot like me! Often times, I will think until I start to get this unpleasant feeling of detachment from the world, like I don't exist. I call it "The Haze", because I start to see everything through a haze. I wonder what anyone or anything at all is, and if I'm even real.  I feel like everything is just a movie that I'm watching on a screen, and it starts to scare me. In addition to this, I also have depression, but I feel like the haze is the worst possible sensation that I can go through, because it's not just a bad feeling, but a complete death of my feelings altogether, and I can't stand it. I would rather be depressed than be in the haze.
"The haze" is a good way to explain it indeed. When I have a bad bout of depression, that's the only time I somewhat feel "alive". It's very strange...

Charles Glenn Ladd said:
That sounds a lot like me! Often times, I will think until I start to get this unpleasant feeling of detachment from the world, like I don't exist. I call it "The Haze", because I start to see everything through a haze. I wonder what anyone or anything at all is, and if I'm even real.  I feel like everything is just a movie that I'm watching on a screen, and it starts to scare me. In addition to this, I also have depression, but I feel like the haze is the worst possible sensation that I can go through, because it's not just a bad feeling, but a complete death of my feelings altogether, and I can't stand it. I would rather be depressed than be in the haze.

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