June 28, 2017

Q&A: is derealization just a symptom of anxiety or can it be a disorder?

Question by Beatseeker: is derealization just a symptom of anxiety or can it be a disorder?
is derealization just a symptom of anxiety or can it be a disorder? also I get derealization and general unreal feelings, headaches and head pressure feeling kind of like I’m going to faint, like i don’t always have good balance is this anxiety ? if yes, is always thinking about my anxiety symptoms going to make the symptoms worse?

Best answer:

Answer by Faith4jesus
I have had anxiety and panic disorders since I was 13 though along with many other mental issues.

I just looked up derealization. I have never heard of that connected with anxiety.

To me derealization sounds more like a problem where you disconnect yourself from the world. You set up walls around yourself and sink deep inside yourself.

I use to do that.

headaches and head pressure feeling kind of like I’m going to faint, like i don’t always have good balance – yes that is panic & anxiety.

Yes always worrying and thinking about it will set off symptoms.

Just reading about yourself makes me feel heavy in the chest and hard to breath.

Crazy isn’t it?

The key is to remember & tell yourself you are ok. You are just fine.

Reconnect yourself with this world by touching things around you. For example I’m laying in bed since I’m sick. I would touch my bed, the table near me, my dog near by, a pillow & so on. Remind myself I am safe. Nothing is going to hurt me.

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Comments

  1. Ben 2.0 says:

    It sounds like it may be a physical issue – it’s worth seeing your doctor to check for things like low blood pressure (unreal and faint feelings) or an infection in the inner ear (balance).

    Depending on your age, these symptoms can also appear as your body adjusts to the radical changes going on through the teens. They will self-regulate in time.

    If you constantly think about anxiety symptoms, guess what happens… you prioritize them! There’s an old saying that goes “you feel what you focus on”. Imagine what would happen if you have decided “Enough!” and focus on things around you instead – how much better would you feel?

    More reading and techniques here:

    http://www.free-self-help-articles.com/anxiety-disorder.html

  2. Princess says:

    Yes its a symptom of anxiety only and cannot hurt you and it will go. I found that i was spending days in a daze of un-realness and it was really getting to me and i was avoiding going out. However, I did go out when pushed and do things and eventually realised there were times whilst I was distracted that I had not thought about how i was feeling and the symptoms had reduced to nothing and I was back to normality.
    I would suggest doing a jig saw or something to distract you? And when you realise you have concentrated on something else and not felt so awful for a period of time you will start to think about it less and it will get better.
    So yes always thinking about it makes it worse.. but its easier said than done and will take time so don’t get upset if it doesn’t work first time. I still get odd moments now but I brush them aside and don’t dwell on it as I know its just a symptom of anxiety. good luck :-)

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