Hi everybody, I'm pretty new round here. I've suffered with severe anxiety on and off for a while and just in case it helps anyone else here I wanted to talk about one of the symptoms of bad anxiety that scared the daylights out of me before I understood it better.
When i became so stressed and anxious, I began to feel disconnected from everything around me,almost like I was watching myself take part in life. I felt I was becoming more detached from things and wondered if I was losing it. Concentration became near impossible.
I was really shocked by these symptoms,scared and embarrassed too. Of all the many many symptoms of anxiety i had/have, this was up there with the most difficult to cope with. I sometimes had to rub an ice cube to my temple just to try to shake the feeling of being disconnected,as it seemed so unnerving.
But I've learnt that depersonalisation is an entirely normal symptom of severe anxiety,
and is really just your brains way of coping with severe stress.There is nothing to be scared of and no permanent damage done. If I had known that at the beginning it would have made a difference. The key to it is to force yourself to continue with everyday activitied,no matter how 'spaced out' you might feel. It does go,as it has for me,and if it comed back I'll recognise it for what it is.
Anyway,sorry for the essay, but i don't want anyone here to suffer like I did with this.