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Hey guys, I want to ask you a question. I used to get derealization a few times a year, but it went away about two years ago. I never knew what it was until now, because I missed getting these short "phases" where I feel like I'm in a dream, and I decided to do a bit of research. I read that derealization is a symptom of anxiety or stress, but I don't remember being stressed during those years, really, I only remember having tremendous lack of sleep, which might have contributed. Now, some people may find this odd, but I actually quite liked the feeling. I can compare it to what being high feels like, because it's very similar, and I want to know if there is a way to make these "phases" come back. If someone could answer this question, it would make my day!


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Hi lopotrais, gee I never heard of anyone wanting a symptom they got rid of but then again there is always a first. I would think that not getting enough sleep might have contributed to that feeling. However, the basis of derealization is anxiety or stress. So......I say, don't wish for something you might regret. Let us know if you find a way to get back that feeling so that we may know how to reverse the effects in our case.


I sure will try but I don't know where to start lol. I guess I'll try depriving myself of sleep for a prolongated period of time and see if that works, though it's really not a good idea, I'm willing to try. I'll let you know if I see any results...

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I get it sometimes during really long stressful meetings at work! You could try that 🙄🙄

But maybe explore meditation and visualisation, as you can get a nice version of it when you meditate.


I felt like that when I was entering the ketosis phase of a diet, while detoxing from sugars/carbs and processed foods. It's a natural metabolic state (not for diabetics though).

It made me think of how historically you hear of Indian chiefs, monks and priests (Gandi, Yoda, the Pope) fasting while seeking guidance or enlightenment.... Sort of opens your mind, expands your senses. I get what your looking for.

You might find resources relating to Existentialism, tantric Buddhism or Hinduism which will eventually lead you on the path of meditation and yoga if your ideology is more western thinking.


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