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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A: Depersonalization refers to feelings of unreality, fogginess, or spacey sensations within oneself. Derealization is when your outside surroundings feel unfamiliar or strange.

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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