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How to Cure Depersonalization and Derealization

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Target Your Anxiety

You've probably done tons or research on this. You've probably visited Reddit on this topic or viewed TikTok videos regarding it. You probably have an idea of what derealization or depersonalization is, so I won't go deep into that. You have to do the following, thought: Recognize that depersonalization/derealization is a coping mechanism that comes straight from anxiety. Think of it as a side effect of anxiety. This article intends to 'cure' you of depersonalization and derealization.

Consider Medication

If you don't take medication for anxiety, you may benefit from it. A good medication to treat anxiety is Zoloft. The generic name, or secondary name, is Sertraline. "Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder (SAD). Sertraline belongs to a class of medicines known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It works by increasing the activity of a chemical called serotonin in the brain. " It's responsible to start with a low dose.

If you have insurance, you can easily make a telehealth appointment. If you don't have insurance, you can try websites like Blink Health that offer low-cost medications as long as you have a prescription. They can even deliver the medication to you because sometimes it's hard to get motivated to drive to the pharmacy when you are feeling depersonalized or derealized.

Take your medicine every day as directed. Usually, the medication will be prescribed for nighttime use because mental health medications can make you tired.

Please understand that medications may take 2, 3, or 4 weeks to show any kind of progress. You will gradually start to feel better, and it's okay to start and stay at a low dose for a long time.

There's many other medications for depersonalization and derealization that can be used. The key is to treat the depression and anxiety, first.

Adjust Your Sleep

Start a sleep diary. You can buy cheap sleep diaries online and use a regular notebook to track your sleep. Sleep diaries are more manageable as they can help guide you on things you need to follow. Use it every day. Keep it by your bedside. Keep the sleep diary simple or you may get discouraged by having to read or add too much information.

If you can't sleep, don't force yourself to sleep. When you're starting on your new sleep journey, go to bed only when you feel tired.

Look out for the cues of being tired, such as dozing off or heavy eyelids. Have a relaxing activity to engage in if you wake up in the middle of the night, or can't sleep. Invest in a small nightlight and a book, and also keep these by your bedside.

Use a sleep tracker.You can find cheap sleep trackers online. These will help you see how long you slept and how many times you woke up.

Don't use your phone an hour before bedtime.

Don't draw, read, or watch TV recreationally in bed. So, only use your bed for sleeping so that your brain can start to associate the bed with a special purpose, instead of a place where fun and creativity happen.

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You will start to notice an improvement once you start sleeping 6, 7, or 8 hours most nights.

Lower Your Phone Usage

Without going into many scientific details, we know that phone usage affects sleep. Phone usage makes depersonalization and derealization worse. It's a strange thing to consider because you're probably thinking that your phone helps you cope. And it does! But the problem is that phones and tablets are addictive. Phones and tablets keep you in that horrible "bubble space" that you can't escape from. So while phones do help you cope and feel some sense of comforting normalcy, it's limiting your progress.

Consider cutting down your phone usage to four hours a day. Google the following: "apps to help limit screen time." An app like Forest lets you plant a seed and watch it grow, and it is affected by your screen time. If you're less into that kind of thing, consider an app like Space, which asks you questions and personalizes a plan just for you.

Don't use your phone an hour before bedtime. This allows your body to produce natural melatonin.

Look into Mental Health

If you have insurance, consider cognitive behavioral therapy, or a mental health counselor. These people will ask you questions, listen to you, and provide a plan. They will check in on you and follow up with your progress. They will probably share the ideas I have shared with you here. They may ask about your sleep journal. They will record your progress. If you have insurance, Amwell sees kids that are between 10 years old and 17 years old with parental consent. If you don't have insurance, BetterHelp is great and they have a sliding scale that they offer based on your income. They can significantly lower the cost of the therapy. You can video chat, call, or text a therapist. I will say that I have used BetterHelp and the counselor was extremely kind and helpful. He customized the experience for me, and my faith, and was patient with me. It felt good to have a 'friend-ish' to talk to who cares and gives good advice. You can try the service free for seven days.

Set Goals

If you're having a hard time setting goals, meeting goals, or feeling organized, download the app Finch on Google or Apple. Finch lets you customize a little bird who is your companion. Your goals help the bird advance, and you can watch the growth and be part of it. You can add your own custom goals, like walking for 15 minutes a day. You can use Finch for free, or you can pay monthly for the advanced features. The free version is quite fun and comprehensive. You'll feel rewarded for doing things that are difficult for depressed or anxious people, such as brushing your teeth or taking a shower. People who are not depersonalized or derealized do not understand how difficult it is to even perform simple acts of hygiene.

If you believe in God/Jesus (Christianity or exploring Christianity), read the following:

Keep a prayer journal. There are prayer journals for men and women . There are prayer journals for teens as well. Guided prayer journals are great because you can write your prayers, and also include prayers that have been answered. Seeing the answered prayers and miracles in your life, no matter how small, will help build your faith in God and in yourself and your ability to fight the anxiety monster.

Remove any strange objects in your room that could be cursed or haunted, such as dreamcatchers. Throw away any 'eye' jewelry, such as the blue eye that is supposed to be 'protect' you. It's actually an object to spy on you, and it's cursed. Throw away any crystals that you have bought at a witchcraft store, or any other thing that you feel may have strange energies from your home or room.

Pray a prayer so that God can assist the anxiety demons to leave your body. Say this prayer out loud at night before bed and during the day when you feel comfortable to do so to prepare you for healing:

The Spirit of our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, please be here with me.
Please purify me, mold me, fill me with yourself, and use me to do good things in life.
Banish all the forces of evil from me.
Delete them so that I can be healthy.
Banish from me all spells, witchcraft, black magic, demonic assignments, maledictions, and the evil eye.
Destroy all diabolic infestations, oppressions, and possessions.
Please remove all that is evil and sinful. Please help me be free from jealousy, treachery, and envy.
Please remove all physical, psychological, moral, spiritual, and diabolical ailments.
Jesus, please cast out all enticing spirits, deaf, dumb, blind, mute, sleeping spirits, new-age spirits, occult spirits, religious spirits, antichrist spirits, and any other spirits of death and darkness.
I command and bid all the powers who molest me—by the power of God Almighty, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior—to leave me forever, and to be consigned into the everlasting lake of fire, that they may never again touch me or any other creature in the entire world. Amen.

Again, say this out loud so that the anxiety demons are aware that you are under protection of God and that you are now wearing his armor and that their power is limited over you.

You Can Recover From This

Over time, you will slowly start to feel more "normal." You will sometimes feel like you will never go back to being completely "normal," but you'll be able to laugh again. You'll be able to feel motivated again. You'll feel like you're able to feel again, instead of just observing your feelings. Once you realize that depersonalization and derealization are symptoms of extreme anxiety, you'll realize that you won't be stuck like this forever. Anxiety is the tree trunk, and depersonalization and derealization are the tree branches. Start hacking away at that tree trunk, and you will see progress.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2022 Charlotte Doyle

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