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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What exactly is the difference between depersonalization and derealization?

A: Depersonalization: Feelings of unreality, detachment, separation and disconnection. Fogginess and confusion.

Derealization: Surroundings look mildly different and unfamiliar.

Depersonalization and derealization are not illnesses This is important to remember. They are a group of symptoms which manifest out of a fatigued mind, which is caused by the constant habit of fearful worry.

When the mind becomes this exhausted it is prone to many unusual sensations, none being dangerous or permanent.

Q: What are the Symptoms of Depersonalization and Derealization
• Feelings of unreality,
• detachment, disconnection and separation.
• Wired and Tired Sensation
•Feeling extremely tired but unable to relax or rest.
• Lack of Appetite
• Insomnia
• Anxiety
• Panic Attacks
• Dizzy
• Lightheaded
• Mild Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
• Depressed
• Frustration
• Fearful
• Inability to Concentrate
• Avoidance of Social Situations
• Visual Disturbances
• Exaggerated Sensations- Sights, Sounds, Scents
• Reactive
• Difficulty Interacting
• Weight Loss
• Negative Thinking
• Obsessional Thoughts
• Mild OCD behaviors
• Broken Sleep Patterns

What is the Solution?

Once one understands that these symptoms are the product of their own behavior, it allows them complete control over changing this behavior, eliminating the source of the symptoms. One achieves this by learning how to effectively interrupt this way of thinking through proper corrections in self thought and specific behavioral skills. The mind rapidly refreshes as clarity returns. One feels like their “old self” once again as life returns to normal.

Application of a nutrition plan specifically geared towards creating a less reactive mind and body will jump start recovery. The combination of a specific nutrition plan, (geared towards boosting Serotonin levels naturally and maintaining balanced blood sugar levels) along with specific behavior modification will ensure a complete and permanent recovery, without the necessity of long term treatment or the use of medication, which often exacerbates symptoms through adverse reactions and withdrawal symptoms.

Bottom line, although symptoms may be experienced in a way often feel upsetting and frightening, they are harmless and ONLY the result of a tired mind. You have power over how you think and respond to these sensations. This is where your true control is located. Do not be fooled by the symptoms. Do not believe that you are ill. Again, this is a learned behavior, a habit that is not difficult to overcome when approached correctly.

Learn how to interrupt these intrusive symptoms and take back your life. It’s a short process which is simple to follow yet specific in nature. Do not fall victim to the habit of fearful thinking, from which these symptoms manifest. Understanding will free you from this once and for all, by allowing you to apply the proper corrections and natural techniques, which lead to complete and permanent recovery.

Q: Why do I believe I am really ill and maybe have suffered damage in some way that has been overlooked by doctors or therapists?

A:Feelings of depersonalization/derealization create true physical symptoms resulting in self doubt in many areas. One often believes they are ill only because they are experiencing unusual symptoms. Even the doubt itself is part of the condition. Do not be fooled by these reactions. They rapidly dissolve when treated correctly.

Q: Why do I feel worse when taking medications such as antidepressants?

A: Simply, because you are not ill. In fact, those with this particular personality are quite reactive to all forms of outside stimuli, including medications. Where a friend or family member might not be reactive to medications, you will often experience a reaction. This holds true for many other forms of outside stimuli such as changes in temperature, sights, sounds, and even visuals.

Q: I have lost my appetite and weight and I have trouble sleeping. Is this normal with DP and will I ever feel like myself again?

A: When an individual is caught up in the habit of fearful thinking, especially about their health, they often experience loss of appetite and inability to sleep. Even though this temporarily takes its toll on the mind and body, one’s appetite and ability to sleep rapidly returns as these worries are reconciled and fears lift.

Q: I have recently experienced a strange visual problem along with the DP. I feel as if I cannot focus properly or as if one eye is more focused than the other. Also, I feel a tightness around my head. What does this mean?

A:This is another common complaint that accompanies this condition. There is a logical explanation for this and every other symptom of anxiety and depersonalization. There are muscles that surround the eyes and head. When under stress they often contract and create tension. Stress also causes muscles to tighten in the head, leaving one feeling as if a tight band of pressure is pressing around the skull. With the proper approach, this too will quickly abate.

Q: Why do I feel sick? I mean I really feel as if there is something wrong and it is not going away. How long will it take to get well again and what do I have to do?

A:Even though you feel ill, you are not. This is a mind that is fatigued from constant fearful worry. The mind becomes tired, exhausted and this effects many facets of your life. It may make you feel weak, dizzy, spacey, tired, foggy, tense, achy, irritable, inability to concentrate, tired, anxious and a host of other symptoms. Through the combination of behavior therapy (changing the way one thinks) along with our nutrition/food plan, which boosts serotonin levels naturally and balances blood sugar levels ,one is able to correct the unproductive behavior that triggers the intrusive symptoms of both anxiety and depersonalization and experience a restored clarity as the anxious, foggy sensations lift. A rapid and permanent recovery is simple to achieve through our specific and accelerated approach. Getting Started: Begin by using our Anxiety-Depersonalization Program Package along with the option of our Telephone Counseling Sessions with Dr. Freedman.

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