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Depersonalization/Derealization Natural Recovery / Focusing and Vision are off
« Last post by Isabel on May 01, 2013, 02:24:40 PM »
Why do I feel like I can't focus on anything. I have a short attention span when it comes to reading or drawing. I always liked to draw and paint. I can't do this for more than a few minutes. Watching tv or going on the internet are also hard to do. I feel like my vision doesn't work the same. Things feel like they move too fast.

Am I impaired? Is this permanet? Can I be helped?
Depersonalization/Derealization Natural Recovery / Obsessive Searching
« Last post by Nancy on May 01, 2013, 12:32:57 PM »

I'm so tired staying up nights and surfing the net for information about dp. What's the difference between dp and dr? Is the cure the same or different? What about the people who say they've had it for 30 yrs? I'd like to stop being up all night googling and have a decent morning (worst time).
Nancy L.
Feedback, Testimonials and Success Stories / Mind Clearing
« Last post by Jeff on May 01, 2013, 10:48:12 AM »
It's good we have a place to vent and to give others some extra hope like this. I thought the most valuable part of the program package is the mind clearing and thought stopping. It was something I used all the time and still do to knock out the adrenal rush. It's kind of a fail safe tool that you can count on no matter what. Pretty awesome the way it works.
Sleep Difficulties / Re: Dp anxiety and no sleep at all
« Last post by DrFreedman on April 30, 2013, 01:15:09 PM »
Dear Adam,

Sleep difficulties may accompany the anxiety condition and also with the experience of depersonalization/derealization.

The good part is that sleep problems are very simply corrected when approached the right way. This was something I personally struggled with many years ago which led me to intensive research and a method I find works like no other. It is a step by step process but simple to follow and specific in nature. Not many know this combination of sleep disorder corrections and are quite surprised at how quickly this process works.

I suggest you call my office and schedule a phone session where we can share this process, step by step, with you. It is very much worth the effort as you will find sleep difficulties become a thing of the past.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ronnie Freedman
Anxiety and Depersonalization Recovery
Office Phone: 215-635-4700
Office Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM EST
Order Line: 1-800-670-HOPE
Dear Denise,

I'm sorry to hear you are struggling with this health phobia. This is not uncommon at all and fairly simple to overcome. Your fears and panic reactions are your body's response to the possibility of losing control. Memory certainly does play a part in this reaction. This is where your adult voice comes in, pointing out the truth of the situation which immediately tones down the intensity of the reaction. It takes a little practice but this helps tremendously along with using the steps we present in the program package. Using this approach is more effective than any medication because it turns off the source of the panic response. It places the power in your hands rather than a medication which carries the possibility of side effects and withdrawal symptoms. 

Stress does increase feelings of depersonalization/derealization and by learning how to effectively turn down the stress response and replace it with a calmer more relaxed perspective, clarity returns as a fatigued mind refreshes.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ronnie Freedman
Anxiety and Depersonalization
Office Phone: 215-635-4700
Office Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM EST
Order Line: 1-800-670-4673
Phobias: Agoraphobia, Social Phobia and Health Phobias / Re: Health Fears
« Last post by DrFreedman on April 30, 2013, 12:49:57 PM »
Dear Quinn,

I can absolutely sympathize with you since this is a common complaint for anyone who has ever struggled with anxiety and/or depersonalization. One begins the habit or behavior of constant worry and fear. This sensitizes the mind and body, resulting in exaggerated worries about one health worry or another. The brain's setting for reactivity is temporarily pushed a tad higher, meaning one is reacting in a stronger, more exaggerated way to outside stimuli.

The way to lower this reactivity sensor in the brain is to nurture oneself in the following ways:

- Begin by watching inner dialogue and learning to interrupt the habit of intrusive thoughts. Not difficult to do and this quickly turns off intensified reactions.
- Start using the food/nutrition plan and find out how quickly reactivity drops and relaxation returns. Sleep improves, daily life becomes less of a struggle and symptoms drop in intensity.
- Activity- Begin a daily outdoor walking routine. Spirits will rise, appetite returns and sleep is deeper and more refreshing.
- Understand the nature of the anxiety condition and how it cycles, with fears of health used by the brain as a distraction. Learn how to break this cycle and interrupt the behavior of distraction by replacing it with interests and more productive thought patterns.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ronnie Freedman
Anxiety and Depersonalization
Office Phone: 215-635-4700
Office Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (EST) Mon-Sun.
Order Line: 1-800-670-HOPE
Phobias: Agoraphobia, Social Phobia and Health Phobias / Fear of Getting Sick
« Last post by Tigerdenise on April 30, 2013, 11:15:28 AM »
I have one major phobia, and it's the fear of getting sick from others, especially vomiting.  I get extreme panic attacks from this.  It also causes my DP/DR to get worse as well. I had a bad case of vomiting as a young child when getting sick from my brother, and this seems where the fear may have originated. 


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Phobias: Agoraphobia, Social Phobia and Health Phobias / Health Fears
« Last post by Quinn on April 29, 2013, 07:31:41 PM »
I can't think of a time of day when I'm not worried about my health. This is a nightmare for me and my family.

I feel sick in some way all the time and each thing is more  important than the last. They're all from anxiety but all the same I feel sick when I have them.

What do I do to make this phobia go away???? I know I'm okay but I think I'm dying with every symptom.

I don't know how to make this go away. I feel trapped forever. Is this so?
Sleep Difficulties / Sleep Problems
« Last post by Lily on April 29, 2013, 05:13:03 PM »
Dear Dr. Freedman,

Thank you for putting up this forum category about sleep. It's been a huge difficulty in my life for as long as I can remember. It's 10 times worse since the anxiety/dp. I think I'm sometimes afraid to go to sleep. I'm not sure why but my body jumps just as I'm about to fall off to sleep and that wakes me up all over again. I sometimes have a little wine before bed to get me to sleep but I don't stay asleep for long. The worst is the jumping in my sleep or sleep panics. My heart races and I can't get back to sleep at all, sometimes for the whole night. Any ideas for me?

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