A meme for those who suffer from derealization of all intensities. May you find some laughs here! If you need a shoulder to cry on I'm here<3

 

Leaving

It has become increasingly difficult for me to keep up proper management of this blog (for a number of reasons) and though it pains me to do so, I’m afraid i’m going to have to end it.

I won’t delete it if you really don’t want me to, but it will be a sort of “ghost blog” if you will. If not, however, then yes, this blog will be deleted.

So, i’m off to take care of myself guys, and I want all of you to do the same~ Thank you so much for being with me~

Anonymous asked
I've had derealization since I was at least 5, and the most relief I get from it amounts to a week or two out of the year all together. It's made me feel very stupid, because instead of thinking about whatever other people think about, I'll be either spacing out or wondering if I'm actually there. People tell me I'm smarter than I act, and I don't know how to tell them about it without them just telling me I'm being over-dramatic.

I’d only tell someone who was really close to me. Like the closest person to me. The only ohter person i’d tell would be a doc, tbh. At least until I felt I was recovering.

Anonymous asked
In school, I constantly keep reminding myself that my life isn't real (accidentally of course). About 35% of the time after that, I feel like my body goes on auto-pilot and I'm trapped in my brain with my thoughts, just watching what my body's doing. This can last from a few seconds to a minute for me. I might forget where I am and what I was doing (today in science, I completely forgot what was happening for a few seconds). Is this derealization/depersonalization or something else?

It very well can be, as DR is experienced by everyone at some point in their life, and oftentime saying something to do with reality “I am real/I am not real” will trigger it.

Anonymous asked
Ive smoked weed alot and now im diagnosed with depression, derealization and depersionalization nothing traumatic has happened to me. Is it my fault? Is it because of weed? Should i tell my therapist about it? Does it ever go away? I dont feel

Weed smoking has been known to cause it so yeah looks like it. I would first stop smoking just because it’s the root of the problem, and then talk to your therapist about it, and hopefully then you can get rid of it!

Good luck friend!

cryptwhispers:

keeperofthehouse:

thatfriendlyblackguy:

lareinadesol:

myasphyxiatedmind:

umbrarex:

nineprotons:

nebet-ren:

faunils:

[Self Care When You Don’t Have the Spoons for Showering
1. Keep face wipes and deodorant by your bed. They’re easy and can make a huge difference in how you feel
2. Take sink showers. Washing your hair and face in the sink quickly works especially well if you’re a survivor having anxiety about being naked (yes, that’s totally normal)
3. Invest in a dry shampoo. You can use it in bed or sitting down on days when you can’t get up, it’s super easy, and it gets rid of oily hair really quickly
4. Use scented body lotion to make yourself smell nice- it’s grounding and makes you feel soft and clean without much effort
5. Air fresheners and scented candles can make your room smell nice and make you feel more fresh and together
6. Wear your favorite cozy clothes
7. Spray your favorite perfume on your clothes if you can’t handle changing out of pajamas
8. Sometimes if you use easy makeup products tinted lip balms can help you trick yourself into thinking you feel better]

These “no rinse” products, including the shampoo cap and the no-rinse shampoo and body wash, are also helpful:
Shampoo cap
Other products
They have both rinses/shampoos/washes which you dilute in warm water (and then use a washcloth to clean yourself) as well as wipes and the shower cap linked above which can be warmed up in the microwave.
I have moderately sensitive skin, and the shower cap and body wash we used for my partner after his surgery did not irritate my skin. YMMV, of course.

Reblogging because this could probably be useful for some folks who follow me. Plus a few are useful to me too. The scented candle thing is really nice, and I always derive comfort from my BPAL collection (to go with the #7 one).

this is important and relevant to my interests. probably my roommate too.

I should probably get some dry shampoo.
I’ve found that wet wipes make for easy sponge bathing and that really helps me feel cleaner when I can’t actually do the shower thing.

What? Why wouldn’t someone shower? Who needs a spoon to shower???
Serious question

Serious answer: This is about people who have chronic diseases [think Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, etc.] - one might find themselves in so much physical pain or fatigue, that getting showered or dressed is EXTREMELY challenging or painful. 
Spoons: references this story "Spoon Theory" - you should read it when you get a moment; it’s long but good. It allows those without a chronic disease to kind of understand how our energy will suddenly drop temporarily or just disappear after tackling some task that others may think is “no big deal”. 
I hope no one chastises you for this; it’s a good question that everyone should understand.
Sorry for the long post on your dash, but this is important. (At least it is to me, and folks like me.)

That’s interesting. I always read this as a help for people who are chronically depressed and don’t have the energy to shower, dress, or even leave the bed. 


It’s for bothAny type of illness, physical or mental.I used to have depression and showering was actually a really huge task for me. This would have saved me a lot of bullying if I had seen this way back whenHope it can save another

cryptwhispers:

keeperofthehouse:

thatfriendlyblackguy:

lareinadesol:

myasphyxiatedmind:

umbrarex:

nineprotons:

nebet-ren:

faunils:

[Self Care When You Don’t Have the Spoons for Showering

1. Keep face wipes and deodorant by your bed. They’re easy and can make a huge difference in how you feel

2. Take sink showers. Washing your hair and face in the sink quickly works especially well if you’re a survivor having anxiety about being naked (yes, that’s totally normal)

3. Invest in a dry shampoo. You can use it in bed or sitting down on days when you can’t get up, it’s super easy, and it gets rid of oily hair really quickly

4. Use scented body lotion to make yourself smell nice- it’s grounding and makes you feel soft and clean without much effort

5. Air fresheners and scented candles can make your room smell nice and make you feel more fresh and together

6. Wear your favorite cozy clothes

7. Spray your favorite perfume on your clothes if you can’t handle changing out of pajamas

8. Sometimes if you use easy makeup products tinted lip balms can help you trick yourself into thinking you feel better]

These “no rinse” products, including the shampoo cap and the no-rinse shampoo and body wash, are also helpful:

Shampoo cap

Other products

They have both rinses/shampoos/washes which you dilute in warm water (and then use a washcloth to clean yourself) as well as wipes and the shower cap linked above which can be warmed up in the microwave.

I have moderately sensitive skin, and the shower cap and body wash we used for my partner after his surgery did not irritate my skin. YMMV, of course.

Reblogging because this could probably be useful for some folks who follow me. Plus a few are useful to me too. The scented candle thing is really nice, and I always derive comfort from my BPAL collection (to go with the #7 one).

this is important and relevant to my interests. probably my roommate too.

I should probably get some dry shampoo.

I’ve found that wet wipes make for easy sponge bathing and that really helps me feel cleaner when I can’t actually do the shower thing.

What? Why wouldn’t someone shower? Who needs a spoon to shower???

Serious question

Serious answer: This is about people who have chronic diseases [think Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, etc.] - one might find themselves in so much physical pain or fatigue, that getting showered or dressed is EXTREMELY challenging or painful. 

Spoons: references this story "Spoon Theory" - you should read it when you get a moment; it’s long but good. It allows those without a chronic disease to kind of understand how our energy will suddenly drop temporarily or just disappear after tackling some task that others may think is “no big deal”. 

I hope no one chastises you for this; it’s a good question that everyone should understand.

Sorry for the long post on your dash, but this is important. (At least it is to me, and folks like me.)

That’s interesting. I always read this as a help for people who are chronically depressed and don’t have the energy to shower, dress, or even leave the bed. 

It’s for both

Any type of illness, physical or mental.

I used to have depression and showering was actually a really huge task for me. This would have saved me a lot of bullying if I had seen this way back when

Hope it can save another

(Source: demisnowflake)

Anonymous asked
let me just tell you how great this blog makes me feel??? like wow. scrolling through it makes me feel so much better. i used to think i was all alone. no one ever understood what i was talking about when i said i felt hazy and how the world around me felt unreal, and just the fact that this blog exists to let all of us come together makes me feel so much better inside. thank you.

You’re so very welcome friend!!!! You made my night~

Anonymous asked
I've had DR since I was 9 years old. But I used to think that that happened to all people, so I managed to "live" with it. Then, a few months ago, I asked for the first time to people around me if they have ever felt like this, and they simply said "Of course not". That's how I knew I had "something". The thing is that I'm almost 19 now... So I lived 10 years like this, just thinking it was Ok.

I’ve had it since I can remember as well (and I’m 19! Lol) and though there are times that it gets bad (due to my anxiety) It hasn’t been the biggest deal.

I also think that some forms of DR could be viewed in a spiritual light. But that’s just me, and is definitely not true in all cases.

Anonymous asked
I wanted to share that I've had severe derealization for two years. After being ignored by many doctors and negative blood tests I was finally diagnosed with ADHD. I was put on concerta and it's helped tremendously. During the worst of DR I was suicidal because I was afraid I'd never feel again. The medicine changed that. Please if you have this disorder look into it. It's worth it. Might save your life.

SUPER IMPORTANT GUYS ^^^^^

Anonymous asked
I have derealization.... And It's too bad!!!

Sometimes we can only do so much. If it’s bad enough that you are contemplating suicide, I suggest seeing a doctor and trying to get on medicine for it. Often times DR is caused by mental illnesses, so if you have, for example, anxiety or depression, then that is probably the root of the problem. Find the root and pull it out!!

It takes time, but keep your head up, friend, I know you can do it!!

Anonymous asked
I sometimes have extensive periods of time where I cannot even fathom my life being real. I won't move for several minutes at the time trying to convince myself I am real and the events around me are happening. It's frightening and confusing and it's really REALLY hard to get myself out of it. I don't have any conditions that generally cause derealization as far as I know, but could you tell me if anxiety or depression can cause it?

Anxiety and depression can DEFINITELY cause it.

I have really bad anxiety, and I used to have severe depression as well.

Dissociating is more often than not a symptom of mental illnesses or other factors such as that. I’d work on trying to find the root of the problem to help you on your way to recovery~