Dissociation and Depression

Overcoming dissociation and depression can be a challenging thing. But there is a way to get through it. Always remember that you are not alone.  Dissociation causes us problems with our emotions, physical sensations and how we feel about ourselves as well as the world around us. It is often
associated with depression and anxiety or when a person has gone through a
traumatic experience. People suffering from dissociation often have feelings of life not being quite real. They also often fear they are going insane or that they have some incurable illness. Talking with, and being around others becomes almost impossible. Deep anxiety that is caused by these feelings can develop into a social phobia.
The feeling of dissociation can vary from person to person depending on the
circumstances that brought it about, but common thoughts and feelings
associated with dissociation include:
The world around you feels and seems unreal
A feeling of not belonging in the world
A grey fog covering your vision like having a veil over your head
The world feels like it is moving at a faster pace than normal
Confusion
A terrible feeling of not being able to cope
Unsure of yourself
Others find happiness but not you
Extreme anxiety
Feelings that everyone is against you
Feelings that everyone is talking about you
These are just some of the feelings caused by dissociation and these feelings eventually cause the sufferer to believe that they have to turn deeper
inward to themselves in order to get back into reality. They continually watch
themselves for any brief glimpse that reality as they knew it is returning. Of
course the more they turn inward and worry the worse the symptoms become.

There are many different strategies that we can use to overcome dissociation and depression.

Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness is one of the most important things. Allowing yourself to breath and just be in the moment. Learning to let our thoughts just pass through our minds instead of compounding them with the chatter. It is the chatter and self talk that goes on in our heads that just makes our dissociation and depression worse. Step out into nature and just breath in the fresh air. Listen to the breeze in the trees. Take in the smells of the flowers. Concentrate only on what is in this very moment, breathe and just be.

Meditation

Meditation has shown to have great success with people who suffer from dissociation and depression. It has so many benefits for our mental, emotional and physical well-being.  Meditation balances the right and left hemispheres of our brain to bring about a sense of calmness. It reduces the feelings of stress and gives us a greater mental clarity. If practiced regularly it will help you to learn to focus your thoughts in a more productive manner to help you get past the feelings of dissociation.

Natural Alternatives

Natural alternatives can help those suffering to overcome feelings of
dissociation particularly when the cause is severe trauma. Those suffering
from dissociation due to anxiety and stress are able to rid themselves of
these feelings through many of the self-help natural alternative methods available. If you require more help then find yourself an understanding doctor or therapist to help you get through it.
It is important to remember that the world is changing all the time but hasn’t actually changed to the degree that you are feeling. It is only your perception of the world and those around you that has really changed. These are only temporary thoughts and feelings you are having. Once you have conquered and overcome what is causing the feelings of dissociation you will see things as you once used to.
For those who suffer from feelings of dissociation due to depression and anxiety you should realize that the feelings are just that, no more than feelings and these feelings will leave in time. It is important not to be constantly studying them and wondering when they will go. We all tend to over analyze our thoughts and this is where we get worse. Try to accept that they are here for a time and then give them no more thought.
Once you have lost some interest in your feelings and you are not constantly worrying about them it can be surprising how quickly the world once again becomes the world you once knew. Accepting your feelings and any thoughts you might have during this period is essential, for it is only when you lose fear of the situation can you recover.
For natural self help alternatives check out our articles and natural remedies.