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Does anyone feel like there half asleep similar to dream state and also not awake to life/people etc..

feels like my brain is half asleep

I do have panic, anxiety and depression aswell as depersonalisation and derealisation

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    I had been extremely anxious for a couple of months prior to the middle of last month then one day after a high stress situation I just went completely out of it, everything felt unreal and it felt like I was walking around in a dream. After 3 days I went to the doctor and she started me on Fluoxetine and weekly councillng which has helped alot. All I wanted to do was stay in bed and sleep because that was the only time I felt relaxed and normal. I just made myself normalise everything I used to do, like going to uni, going to the mall and hanging with friends. For the first two weeks it was so hard. I'd be in the supermarket and bam i'd be out of it, I was pretty emotionally unstable especially with getting used to the anxiety medication which made me foggy and more anxious for a start. Just today I was in a large store with my mum and I suddenly started feeling a bit out of it and I told myself "im looking for socks at the moment focus on that" So i focused on going to get the socks and didn't let my thoughts feed my anxiety. The most helpful thing for me is to distract myself because everybody can trance themselves out however us anxiety sufferers get panicky once this happens which makes it worse, So when I start thinking the world looks weird or i'm not in reality I'll distract myself and focus on something else like playing a game on my phone. 
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      Thank Gee

      I do try distract myself from thoughts but the minute someones around I just feel more strange. I dont know what to do anymore ive just isolated myself in my room mostly 24/7

      Cause its just to much of a struggle. I do have depression and agriphobia aswell

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    Hi Tanya, I can defintiely understand why you would stay in your room 24/7. Its so hard to interact and be around people when your not feeling all there. I find going to places i'm not familiar with really sets me off. However, the best advice I was given was to normalise everything which I have been doing. Still going to work and doing everything I would normally do, I always have a  Valium tablet with me as a backup though but I think by resuming my life as "normal" has helped me recover. Your situation is different to mince since you've been experiencing this longer than me. Do you feel out of it all the time? Or clear headed sometimes and dr and dp other times? 
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    Hello tanya

    Your situation is very common, but at the same time frightening, which makes matters worse.  Very briefly, I have been a lifelong sufferer of anxiety (now an older lady of 75 - not an old fuddy-duddy I might add).  Years ago, all the symptoms you describe were not altogether recognised, and it was only within the last say 10-12 years that I learnt about DP/DR.  It was such a relief to find out about it.  However, in spite of many outside influences which have caused my anxiety, I have led a full life, always worked, and have travelled across the world many times.  (I had to overcome the fear of flying, but have now done many long-haul flights).  You have to "train your brain" as it likes to play these tricks on you.

    With regard to meds....I do think you really have to persevere with them and eventually they will take effect.  Please try to think positive.  If you have nothing physically wrong with you, except anxiety symptoms, then please try to move forward, as you are missing out on so much.  Life is full of ups and downs.  Good Luck!  Keep trying.  Keep smiling!

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      Hello again tanya

      I take Fluoxetine to this day.....we had dreadful neighbours for 17 years (TERRIBLE) next to our lovely cottage property, and my med was the only thing that helped keep me sane.  My prayers have eventually been answered, and we have lovely new neighbours.  It feels like a huge cloud has been lifted.  But I will continue with a low dosage, which can be altered if neccessary, as we have had a bereavement and other things which cause anxiety.  I keep interested in local affairs, and I love fashion and make-up.  I find if I feel confident in how I look that helps a great deal.  It is not easy, and you have to "fight the good fight" so to speak.  Be open with those around you, and be confident that DP/DR will go away.  You may find it occasionally re-occurs, but by then you will understand it, and realise that you can overcome it.  HONESTLY, you CAN get better.  Good Luck.

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