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Ruthy98
17d ago
  • Existential OCD

Has anyone dealt with derealisation/depersonalisation when dealing with existential ocd? All I can think about is death and how/why we are here and if we actually exist and I’m starting to feel like I’m watching my life from outside my body. It’s such a bizarre feeling, if anyone has experienced it, do you have any advise on how to cope?

bbgurl
17d ago
omg i have this :/
Ruthy98
17d ago
Do you have any tips to cope?
bbgurl
17d ago
@Ruthy98 i dont mean to disappoint but quite honestly no, because i’m in the thick of this right now. but things like exercise, mindfulness, and making CBT flashcards have helped me in the past
bbgurl
17d ago
@Ruthy98 but just know you are definitely not alone ❤️
Ruthy98
17d ago
@bbgurl You haven’t disappointed don’t worry! I’m trying to carry on with my life as normal but it is hard.
threethirdsocdsufferer
17d ago
🙋🏼‍♀️
Ruthy98
17d ago
Awful isn’t it
threethirdsocdsufferer
17d ago
@Ruthy98 Yup
shira_gui
17d ago
I had this feeling. But it only happens occasionally. When it happened to me, it was so scary like I wasn’t in control. But for me, finding someone in real life to talk to can help me get connected again. Or also just sitting still til the feeling goes away because sometimes it’s hard to even move.
Ruthy98
17d ago
Thank you for sharing. When I feel disconnected I do try and speak to my mum or someone close which does help. It is just terrifying.
blahocd
17d ago
it’s one of the weirdest feelings. it can be terrifying. once it happened to me, all i began to do was obsess about that feeling because i was so terrified it would come back… being so obsessed with it, of course, it always came back. my tip is to try your best to not be afraid of that feeling. realistically, these feelings are all caused by chemical imbalances in your brain and can be impacted by how much stress you’re enduring in that moment. it’s quite literally just a reaction from your brain. remind yourself this and allow it to happen, know that it is actually extremely common.
Ruthy98
17d ago
Thank you so much!