Sorry in advance for going on a bit.
During my least session with my therapist I asked about disassociation, what it was and whether I might suffer from this condition. She started talking about depersonalization, the feeling of being outside ones self and being emotionaly and physically numb. This is how I often feel inside sometimes for weeks or even months if I get real bad.
I have been doing some research on this and have found that the majority of people who suffer with this condition have a history of childhood trauma/abuse. I wondered if anyone else suffers with depersonalization/derealization?
Is it linked with my CSA or could it stem from my drug abuse? I took LSD when I was 15 and I freaked out and thought I was gong to die while I was tripping. About 2 days after I started to have panic attacks all the time, at least 5 times a day. It was a nightmare and I couldn't sleep. My behaviour became even more erratic and self destructive and I used drugs to escape which made me feel worse in the long run. You know the vicious circle. It took me until I was into my 20's to get a proper handle on things and stop the blind panic consuming me. I still have a substance abuse problem but its getting better.
I have been reading other peoples experiences and lots of them seem to have had their DP start after a bad drug experience and never had any abuse. My CSA happened before my drug abuse so could I have already had some symptoms and the bad trip just pushed me even more over the edge?
I am writing this more to try and make sense of it myself than expect anyone to really know the answers.
I guess that I'm just scared I am mentally ill. That there is a recognised condition I might suffer from. I have spent the last 15 years trying to convince myself im not mad, hanging onto my sanity by a thread, and now it looks like i am fucked up.
I just really scared and am hoping for some re-assurance from anyone else who may have these problems that its ok, you can get over it and things can get better.
Thanks for listening to me vent about my problems