Here are some tips that you can use to heal yourself from depersonalization and derealization disorder. Tip #2 is a game-changer that will greatly help you recover once you put it into practice.
If you are currently struggling through depersonalization and derealization disorder and are looking for some tips to recover from DP/DR, then look no further. This is the article you’ll want to read and re-read.
So, who am I and why did I write this article? Hi, my name’s Swamy, and I’m the creator of DP No More, the online course to help you completely recover from DP/DR. Not a week goes by without people emailing me asking for tips to cure depersonalization or derealization. It’s for this reason that I have decided to combine the top 4 tips into a short and sweet blog post. Let’s get started.
Tip #1: Have a Long-Term Mindset
I’m going to start this list with a hard truth. Your recovery is not going to happen overnight. Even though you may have become affected by DP/DR quickly, recovery from this illness takes time. I often tell people to cultivate patience. Having patience is crucial to your recovery.
Now, you’re probably thinking, “Ok, I can wait, but for how long?” I’ve written at length about how long depersonalization will last, but the short answer is that you cannot predict or know how long the duration will be. A number of factors determine the length of your depersonalization or derealization episode.
Tip #2: Do Not Fight the Symptoms
Like I said in the introduction, this is probably the most effective tip you can receive on how to recover from DP/DR. However, it can also be the hardest to put into practice. Everyone going through DP/DR tends to fight their symptoms. This means they try to block them, try to distract themselves from them, get scared about them unnecessarily, and try their best to NOT feel these symptoms.
I believe this is a big mistake. One must face these symptoms with an attitude of acceptance. Here’s why: fighting these symptoms only increases your stress levels, which keeps the DP/DR going for longer than it should. If you don’t know it already, your stress is interlinked to the DP/DR you experience. By facing these feelings with openness and acceptance, you bring your stress level down, which can lower the intensity of the depersonalization and derealization.
DP/DR is not the enemy. It’s not here to ruin your life. It’s only here to protect you from being overwhelmed. This is something not a lot of people understand. When people go through my online course and understand that DP/DR is just a protective mechanism, they feel a sense of relief. It truly helps them face this disorder with acceptance, thus helping them heal over time.
Tip #3: Don’t Cut Yourself off from Life
It’s very common for people with DP/DR to never leave their homes. You’ll often find people just googling their symptoms over and over again. They might constantly hang out on Facebook or other DP/DR groups or forums all day. It’s understandable. You can sometimes find help with Google. Maybe you even got to this blog post through a google search.
Sometimes, you can read other people’s recovery stories on Facebook groups or forums and feel better. But more often, you are exposed to other people’s suffering in these places. This starts to affect your state of mind and progress. You can easily become discouraged after a few hours of reading the contents of forums and groups dedicated to DP/DR.
Instead of locking yourself in and reading about other people’s DP/DR experience, you should aim to participate in life to the extent it’s possible for you.
This means going to work or school even though you may feel DP/DR. This means talking to friends and family. This means going to grocery stores, cooking and eating healthy meals, engaging in physical activities or exercises, and even taking time to relax and watch a movie or TV show. In order to feel normal again, you’ve got to do what normal and healthy people do.
Tip #4: Stop Caring About DP/DR
The more you care about your DP/DR, the more you suffer. It’s that simple. I realize it’s not so simple to stop caring about DP/DR. I mean, this experience can be so bizarre, you cannot easily take your mind off of it.
But you’ve got to understand that the real reason you care so much about DP/DR is that you think you are in danger. You have lost your sense of safety.
When we feel unsafe and feel threatened by something, then that thing will always be on our minds. It’s hard to shake it off. But once you understand that DP/DR is not harmful, and that it’s merely an unpleasant consequence of stress and trauma, you can learn to establish your lost sense of safety. And after that, you automatically stop caring and obsessing about DP/DR like you did before. That’s when real recovery can happen.
DP No More is the only course that will help you achieve this sense of safety. Once a feeling of safety is established, you are almost 50% closer to recovery.
When you start feeling safe, you’ll start caring less and less about DP/DR. This will free up some mental space. You’ll find that once you’ve established a feeling of safety, your mind will automatically move on to other things. You might still experience DP/DR symptoms, but you won’t suffer unnecessarily. You will even forget from time to time that you have DP/DR. That’s when you know that you are on the right path to recovery.
All right, these are the top 4 tips that helped me when I was going through years of depersonalization and derealization. It took years for me to recover because I had to learn everything through trial and error. I made a lot of mistakes on the way. That is why after my recovery, I created DP No More. So that others don’t have to make the same mistakes that I made and can actually recover faster.
If you are looking for a step-by-step program that will help you put these tips into practice and help you recover from depersonalization and derealization, then look no further: DP No More is that guide.
Let me just leave you with this. Even though you may feel scared right now, know that you are going to get through this. Thousands upon thousands of people have recovered. Your story is not going to be that different. I wish you all the very best!