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Depersonalization Induced by E-Cigarettes and Vaping

by Dr. R. E. Freedman on August 3, 2015

There are many triggers linked to feelings of depersonalization and derealization but lately a high rate of reactivity to E-Cigarettes and Vaping is reaching noticeable levels.

Symptoms of E-Cigarette and Vaping Use include:

– Feelings of Unreality and Detachment

– Severe Anxiety leading to Panic Attacks

– Severe Chest Pains when Breathing (which stop when use is discontinued)

– Lightheadedness, often extreme

– Racing Heart, Palpitations

– Insomnia

– Sweating and Irritability

– Excitability

– Inability to Concentrate

 Recovery from Symptoms

1- Discontinue Use of These Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping

The symptoms often abate when usage is discontinued with the exception of those who become sensitized to these reactions, creating further symptoms until they learn to interrupt the process of fearful worry.

It’s essential that the individual recognizes the trigger and makes a choice concerning their health. Through proper approach one is able to interrupt the habit of fearful worry and allow a sensitized body to calm down, and a tired mind to refresh.

Application of the correct process is crucial for the fatigued mind to rejuvenate and a full return to clarity. One learns to interrupt this habit of fearful behavior and step out of one’s own way. The process is simple to use but requires strict adherence by the individual.

2- Begin the Process of Self Nurturing

Proper diet must be applied that creates a less reactive mind and body through naturally increased Serotonin levels in the brain and Stable Blood Sugar levels in the body.

Daily activity and exercise outdoors also boosts Serotonin levels in brain.

3- Retrain the Brain to quiet the mind naturally rather than exacerbate the behavior of fearful thinking.

Learn how to train the mind to think correctly through a specific process which eliminates the habit of fearful thinking. This is not difficult but requires a different mindset that brings forth relief from these symptoms.

4- Know Your Reactivity Levels

It’s also necessary to realize that some individuals are highly reactive to outside stimuli, such as these Electronic Cigarettes. They contain substances that the reactive individual will find difficult to process and intrusive in their system.

Nicotine is a stimulant that the reactive person is going to process with difficulty.

5- Find Other Ways to Relax Rather Than the Use of E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Choose true methods of relaxation such as:

Proper Breathing, which makes a huge difference in our physical and mental health.

Meditation (short 5 minute meditation is often a great release of tension)





Breathing Correctly

Bottom line, you are in charge of how you feel and  you have choices. When the mind and body are signaling you to stop using substances that result in negative reactions, LISTEN. Heed these signals and choose to nurture rather than hinder  your body.

Feelings of anxiety and depersonalization are essentially red flags that you are doing something to interfere with proper functioning of both mind and body. It is your choice, always your choice, to create a lifestyle that fuels good health. Make that choice and notice an immediate improvement in both mind and body.


Depersonalization Induced by E-Cigarettes and Vaping
By Dr. R. E. Freedman
Depersonalization and Anxiety Treatment
Anxiety Busters, Inc.
Depersonalization: The Marijuana Trigger

by Dr. R.E. Freedman

The strong sensation of unreality, detachment and inability to relate to your surroundings hits you out of the blue. It might occur while smoking marijuana with friends, but why are you the only one experiencing this disconnection from reality? A wave of fear washes over you and near panic combines with this feeling of unreality. You fearfully wonder about the marijuana you were smoking and why such a strong reaction occurred. It’s hard to believe you were the only one reacting in such a disturbing way and once again, why just you? You convince yourself that a good night’s rest might be the answer but find it difficult to settle down and disengage from your fears concerning this frightening reaction.

You awaken the next morning only to find you are still plagued with this strange disconnected sensation and the terrifying memory of the night before. You try to describe it but words are difficult. You feel as if still high from the marijuana, as though it never wore off.

You try to resolve this puzzle by retracing the events of the night before and continue to come to the same alarming conclusion that the marijuana must have harmed you in some way! Once again you call everyone from the previous night who all state they are fine, which only adds to your feelings of dread and uneasiness. Your concern grows as you realize you still feel “strange,” “odd,” “high” and extremely fearful of the core sensation of unreality. You come to the conclusion that you must be “damaged” from the marijuana and your fears escalate. Even though you never experienced reactions previous to this event, you are now overcome with the notion that something went terribly”wrong.”

Convinced you are damaged for life, you begin searching on the internet for answers, which instantly fuels your fears as you are barraged with the upsetting tales shared by others with similar reactions. Symptoms and length of time others have suffered with these symptoms hit you right between the eyes and ramp up your already adrenaline fueled mind and body. Your cold sweat finally abates when you ultimately find what you were looking for… a name for what you have been experiencing. At this moment you feel both relieved and fearful at the same time. Depersonalization describes exactly what you have been experiencing and you’re no longer alone.


Definition: The feeling of unreality brought on by extreme stress, fear or shock or trauma. The experience of feeling detached, unreal, separated or numb.


Definition: Experiencing a difference or change in the way you perceive your surroundings, where they feel or look different and strange to you

Though experienced in a slightly different way (some experience both), depersonalization and derealization are treated identically and respond well to the same treatment when correctly approached.


There are many triggers which initiate feelings of depersonalization/derealization and marijuana is now one of the foremost triggers, along with extreme stress, certain medications, prolonged worry, intense anxiety and other mood altering substances.

Symptoms of Depersonalization/Derealization

Feelings of Unreality

Fuzzy feeling in head

Inability to concentrate

Detached Sensation

Surroundings look different



Loss of Appetite





Racing Heart

Natural Treatment of Depersonalization/Derealization Triggered by Marijuana Use

It’s imperative to know that depersonalization and derealization is the result of a shock or traumatic experience resulting in a strong memory experience leading to the compulsion to fearfully worry. This habit or behavior takes on a life of its own, well after the trigger has disappeared. The new behavior cycles all through the day and exhausts the mind in a way that makes concentration difficult, which adds to the cycle of fear. It is essential that one learns to BREAK THE CYCLE and allow the mind to refresh, so clarity returns.


First Step of Recovery

Retrain the Brain: One must recognize this habit of fearful worry and immediately begin the process of interrupting this behavior. You are training a fearful mind to recognize this disruptive behavior and replace it with the proper correction. This is not difficult but is quite specific and requires strict adherence.

Second Step of Recovery

Nutritional Therapy: In conjunction with specific behavioral therapy, one must learn how to boost Serotonin levels naturally and maintain balanced blood sugar levels through diet and nutrition. The food plan is a strong part of the therapy and as important a factor as the behavioral therapy. This combination results in rejuvenation of the mind (and body), as clarity replaces foggy thought and life returns to normal.

In Conclusion

This process does not require a long or drawn out period of time. Remember, you are not ill. This is a tired mind, exhausted by the habit of constant fearful worry. It does require one’s full commitment and willingness to follow the process as presented in detail. It is as simple as following as recipe but one’s participation is required.

For further information contact:

Article Written By: Dr. R. E. Freedman
Office Phone: 215-635-4700
Office Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (EST), Mon-Sun.
Dear AngieJ,

What you are experiencing is not unusual at all. The stomach and lower digestive tract is known as the second brain. It often reacts to stress and fear. If you experienced this reaction in the past, your mind and body are alert to the possibility of it occurring again. Therefore, whenever you eat something, you are anxiously alert to the possibility of this reaction occurring again. Fear sets off the reaction and the body is happy to respond. Fear ensures continued reactivity.

This is why it is important to be aware of your behaviors and habits since you do have the capability to interrupt them and change the way you perceive situations. This places you in charge of your life, your reactions and your ability to settle down and enjoy the moment. Your body is responding to your fear of what "might" occur. It's time to take back control and make sure you are calling the shots. Learning how to think and interrupt these reactions will once again place you in full control and ensure a calmer, more permanent sense of well-being.

Feel free to call my office for further information. We welcome your calls and questions. 1-800-670-4673.

Best wishes,

Dr. R. E. Freedman
Anxiety and Depersonalization Recovery Treatment
Office Phone: 215-635-4700
Office Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (EST) Mon-Sun.
Hi all!

I have a weird connection. I have NO IDEA if anyone else has had this issue, but it seems after 20 minutes after I eat, I get anxiety/panic. Soon after, I realize I need to #2! Strong connection, and I wonder why it's that way...also, if I need to go, and haven't had any anxiety, I can get some if I don't have the possibility to go right away.

Strange, right?

It's like my body knows a "poop" is coming long before I am aware of it, and responds with anxiety. What gives???

~ AngieJ
Sleep Difficulties / Sleep
« Last post by yarn56401 on November 10, 2014, 01:12:41 PM »
What can I do when Adrenaline flows through me for hours when I'm in bed at night?

Anxiety Natural Recovery / Reduce Cortisol Levels Naturally
« Last post by Administrator on September 29, 2014, 09:43:28 AM »
For those who experience heightened sensations of anxiety and depersonalization there is a surefire way to lower stress hormones such as Cortisol....

Check out Dr. Freedman's newest ezine article: Reduce Cortisol Levels Naturally

Anxiety Natural Recovery / Thank you Dr. Freedman
« Last post by kellie on June 30, 2014, 09:59:35 AM »
I was on a merry-go-round of anxiety and depersonalization. Every antidepressant made me worse and I never knew why. It was my greatest fortune to have found Dr. Freedman. She worked with my primary doctor and thanks to both I'm med free! Yay, Finally!

I tried to do it on my own but Dr. Freedman warned me about stopping any prescription without help from my prescribing physician and she was so right. People, we all have to be patient. It takes a little longer but it's worth it all the way. I know now that it was okay to be on the meds and do the program but so much better with a clear head. I think half of my dp was from the meds.

I hope one day to be able to repay you for all your help and especially the program package that you sent to me. I was so lucky to be the recipient of such a generous gift. You understood my position and never made me feel bad about my situation. I will be forever grateful for your help, emails and time. Your patience will not be forgotten. Thank you from the heart.  kellie
Anxiety Natural Recovery / Re: Insomnia
« Last post by DrFreedman on June 30, 2014, 09:47:23 AM »
Dear Quinn,

I'm sorry to hear you are having difficulty sleeping. I recommend you begin a regimen of outdoor activity, whether it be a sport, walking, running, swimming or bike riding. Being outdoors is essential as the benefits are enumerable.

Anxiety will keep an individual up at night and cause them to awaken earlier than usual. It will produce adrenaline spurts that alert the body to false readings. The body will also begin releasing cortisol, which serves to wake one up rather than allow them to sleep. Rising cortisol levels ad to high blood pressure and increased heart rate, along with other intrusive anxiety symptoms. This is unhealthy and interferes with production of Serotonin as well.

We offer sessions and CD's dealing with severe insomnia created out of extreme anxiety. Call our office for further information.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ronnie Freedman
Anxiety and Depersonalization Recovery
Office Phone: 215-635-4700
Office Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (EST)
Anxiety Natural Recovery / Insomnia
« Last post by Quinn on June 27, 2014, 10:27:32 AM »
I'm not sleeping much at all. I am dragging all day too. I try to go to bed earlier to catch up on sleep but it's not happening.

What do you recommend or can anxiety turn off the sleep? I tried warm milk but it didn't work. I can't play sports much anymore because I'm too tired. I pitch on a baseball team but I'm too tired so I never show up for practice.

Any advise to sleep again. Can anxiety keep me not sleeping for days?
Anxiety Natural Recovery / Re: Earworms or Tinnitus?
« Last post by Tara on June 26, 2014, 10:38:50 PM »
I get this all the time when I am ultra-stressed. It's the biggest anxiety maker. The last time I had it I ran out of my boyfriends and walked around all night. I was depressed after and still am.

I heard you had a CD or can Skype me the information about this. I am definitely interested. I think maybe it did something to my hearing too. Wanted to know if anyone had that?  BTW, I get the stuck songs but this is much worse. 
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