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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I dissociate on occasion and sometimes it is rather lengthy, which can be very scary. After spending a year on Abilify and almost in a constant state of dissociation, I was taken off of it (my new psych said I had 'flat face' and my mother said I was like a zombie and not present, which was the truth) and began to be able to tell if I was dissociating. I don't feel comfortable driving in that state at all, and unless it is necessary and a short distance, I do NOT drive. Even if I need a gallon of milk, if it's bad I will not drive. I've had it to where I was in such a dream-like state I thought if I stood up and took a step up into the air I could climb the air like stairs; even though I knew I was awake, everything felt like a dream. That was scary. I had to ground myself, like you mentioned. Being able to acknowledge that it's happening, and knowing POSITIVE things to do to ground yourself or bring yourself back to reality are key.

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  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I dissociate on occasion and sometimes it is rather lengthy, which can be very scary. After spending a year on Abilify and almost in a constant state of dissociation, I was taken off of it (my new psych said I had 'flat face' and my mother said I was like a zombie and not present, which was the truth) and began to be able to tell if I was dissociating. I don't feel comfortable driving in that state at all, and unless it is necessary and a short distance, I do NOT drive. Even if I need a gallon of milk, if it's bad I will not drive. I've had it to where I was in such a dream-like state I thought if I stood up and took a step up into the air I could climb the air like stairs; even though I knew I was awake, everything felt like a dream. That was scary. I had to ground myself, like you mentioned. Being able to acknowledge that it's happening, and knowing POSITIVE things to do to ground yourself or bring yourself back to reality are key.

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  3. Livi TeePot
    Livi TeePot says:

    I have this quite a lot, I actually thought it was 'normal' until I read your post! I definitely need to work on finding ways to ground myself during these episodes.
    Thanks for this post, I can share it with my parents too so they understand a bit more!

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  4. Livi TeePot
    Livi TeePot says:

    I have this quite a lot, I actually thought it was 'normal' until I read your post! I definitely need to work on finding ways to ground myself during these episodes.
    Thanks for this post, I can share it with my parents too so they understand a bit more!

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  5. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    This is like being at least 2 people: The calm, rational surface "me," the screaming deep distant emotional me, and occasionally a detached third person observer, all at the same time. A lot of my childhood memories are third person.

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  6. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    This is like being at least 2 people: The calm, rational surface "me," the screaming deep distant emotional me, and occasionally a detached third person observer, all at the same time. A lot of my childhood memories are third person.

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  7. puppy giggles
    puppy giggles says:

    I also have these times. Where I will look back on the day and not remember like 85 percent of it.I have lost numerous jobs due to this issue. This really sucks and it seems to be getting worse

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  8. Mohammad Aqeel
    Mohammad Aqeel says:

    I Have Become …Comfortably Numb….

    When I was a child I had a fever.. MY hands felt like two Balloons
    Now that feeling has come back again.. I cant explain you wouldnt understand ..this is not how I am… — Pink Floyd

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  9. Mohammad Aqeel
    Mohammad Aqeel says:

    I Have Become …Comfortably Numb….

    When I was a child I had a fever.. MY hands felt like two Balloons
    Now that feeling has come back again.. I cant explain you wouldnt understand ..this is not how I am… — Pink Floyd

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  10. J-Me Offret
    J-Me Offret says:

    I drive on "autopilot" fairly often and wonder how I managed to get to my destination without killing myself, someone else, or ending up in some strange, unfamiliar place.

    During intense therapy sessions I'll start to dissociate- I'll feel somewhat dizzy/fuzzy, unable to think clearly or form words, have difficulty concentrating, my body will feel numb/ tingly/ fuzzy/ kind of like it's pulsing? When my therapist talks it kind of reminds me of the Peanuts cartoons where you hear the teacher say "Wha wha wha wha wha wha wha". I'll feel zoned out in some ways and hyper-focused in others. Difficult to explain. I get a feeling of "not really being there/ existing".

    Other times I'll be in the middle of doing something, like putting makeup on in front of the mirror, and all of a sudden I'll get that "Weird" feeling like I'm not really there- kinda 'zoned out'. Sometimes I'll feel like I'm outside of my body watching myself like one would watch a movie.
    Those are the best ways I can explain my experience.

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  11. J-Me Offret
    J-Me Offret says:

    I drive on "autopilot" fairly often and wonder how I managed to get to my destination without killing myself, someone else, or ending up in some strange, unfamiliar place.

    During intense therapy sessions I'll start to dissociate- I'll feel somewhat dizzy/fuzzy, unable to think clearly or form words, have difficulty concentrating, my body will feel numb/ tingly/ fuzzy/ kind of like it's pulsing? When my therapist talks it kind of reminds me of the Peanuts cartoons where you hear the teacher say "Wha wha wha wha wha wha wha". I'll feel zoned out in some ways and hyper-focused in others. Difficult to explain. I get a feeling of "not really being there/ existing".

    Other times I'll be in the middle of doing something, like putting makeup on in front of the mirror, and all of a sudden I'll get that "Weird" feeling like I'm not really there- kinda 'zoned out'. Sometimes I'll feel like I'm outside of my body watching myself like one would watch a movie.
    Those are the best ways I can explain my experience.

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