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For years I've suffered with this. It's a feeling of unreality and it's horrible. I had a baby three years ago and it got worse. So bad that I question my sanity every day. Needless to say I am very, very depressed. My doctor just started me on Wellbutrin, Lyrica and Lexapro about a month ago, but it hasn't helped, yet.

I am just curious how many people experience this disconnected feeling. I walk around all day like a zombie, like I'm looking in a bubble. It can also be a symptom of anxiety, which I have as well (lucky me).

brooke

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One of the ways we can cope with pain is to dissociate. I've always been extremely anxious and dissociative my whole life. For me anxiety and depression go hand-in-hand so it started from the same place. Smoking pot, taking xanax till I blacked-out, diphenhydramine, DXM, all make this a lot worse.

Working with stress-coping strategies, and my AD meds helped a lot. I still have BPD and persistent "unreality", but I fail to view them as problems anymore. I actually enjoy a sense of unreality in some stressful situations. Spend as much time with people as you can and minimize stress factors, that should help.

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I have depersonalization which I am assuming is similar. My tdoc thinks it is anxiety related, a coping mechanism. It happens when I am out in public, in crowds and I feel like none of it's real. It's like I am watching a movie. It's a very odd feeling. It's happening less often on Lamictal for some reason.

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Thanks for your replies. I thought it was more anxiety related but wanted to know if it could also get worse with depression. I've been a stay at home mom for almost 3 years and I know that has made me severely depressed. For me it's always been the meds that made it go away. I went to therapy for years and that didn't change a thing. I'm convinced it's chemical. I just need to find the right med combo. That and going back to work!

Thanks again,

Brooke

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