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Emu Egg
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27 Sep 2023, 6:09 pm

I’m trying to see if I have dpdr. I don’t have the feeling I’m in a dream really. I don’t have blurry vision which a common symptom. I don’t feel detached from my body and I don’t feel like I’m a spectator of my life. These are all main symptoms. I do relate to not having a sense of self and to feeling disconnected from other people. I just feel like something is wrong and I can’t find a sufficient name for it. I’m obsessed with mental illness disorders and I self-diagnose all the time.


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27 Sep 2023, 6:19 pm

If you don't have the symptoms of derealisation or depersonalisation, then perhaps you don't have those problems?

If you are obsessed with mental health disorders, then you might have health anxiety or OCD. That seems more likely.


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27 Sep 2023, 7:15 pm

I would be cautious about self-diagnosing and try to speak to a professional.

Having said that, could it be Borderline Personality Disorder?

-A pattern of severe mood changes over hours or days
-Extreme anger and problems controlling anger
-Strong, up-and-down relationships with family and friends that can go quickly from very close to anger and hatred
-Extreme fear of and reactions to abandonment, and extreme behaviors to avoid abandonment
-A rapidly changing sense of self that can cause sudden changes in goals, values, or behaviors
-Feeling disconnected from themselves, their body, or reality, or having paranoid thoughts
-Ongoing feelings of emptiness

-Self-destructive behaviors, such as substance use or misuse, binge eating, unsafe sex with multiple partners, unsafe driving, or reckless spending
-Suicide attempts or self-harming behavior, such as cutting, hair pulling, or burning

The symptoms of BPD may look like other medical conditions or problems. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
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Yellow-bellied Woodpecker
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28 Sep 2023, 8:56 am

blitzkrieg wrote:
If you are obsessed with mental health disorders, then you might have health anxiety or OCD. That seems more likely.

blitzkrieg, OCD is not the same as being a hypochondriac, which is what you seem to be implying.

Lynna, having no sense of self could be borderline personality, or could be you're just a confused normal human being who is still trying to learn more about herself. Feeling detached from others could just be a sign that you feel different from them, so find it difficult to connect to them. Could be due to autism or being different in general or even due to something like depression. Nothing you said sounds like depersonalisation/derealisation to me.

Of course, you should consult a doctor to know for sure.