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Johnny101
16d ago

Anyone ever got stuck in a ocd loop about dissociation? If so, how were you able to pull yourself out of it? I tend to over analyze everything around me all the time to see if I’m back to normal reality but I can’t quite grasp that expectation. It’s been a decent amount of time, maybe little less than a year. The intensity varies a lot but doesn’t quite go away a 100%. Hoping someone has dealt with this and can offer some guidance since it can be quite debilitating, especially when it comes to having responsibilities like school, work, and a girlfriend to care for.

charissepisces2021
16d ago
I have dealt with this exactly. I found out that the reason it keeps happening is because we keep perpetuating the cycle. The human mind thinks there is a threat and so It goes into dissociation as a protective mechanism. What helps is to know that this is all it is a mind mechanism and it will pass on its own, you don't gotta do anything except accept that it's there and like not take it seriously at all
charissepisces2021
16d ago
there was a YouTube vid that cleared it up for me lemme see if I can find it
anotherunknown
15d ago
@charissepisces2021 Thank you so much for sharing this - it explains exactly what I'm going through, alongside Existential OCD.
Johnny101
16d ago
we’re you able to break the cycle? @charissepisces2021
charissepisces2021
16d ago
Yes but it's not about breaking it I just let it be completely, but idk if what I experienced was the same thing you are experiencing. It comes around every now and then but not nearly as much and it's easier to deal with if it does come up. Goes away quicker
j
16d ago
I’m going through a dpdr spike rn. The only thing you can do is ride it out. The more you fight it the worse it will get. It’s your brain conserving it’s energy bc it thinks u r A) in danger like fight or flight or B) how you dealt with trauma in the past like a mental checkout ur brain will do that bc it protected you before but it doesn’t know that it’s not doing a good job rn. It may have served a purpose in the past but it doesn’t now. When u learn more coping skills as you continue in ur ocd journey it will get easier. When an episode happens now I recognize what it is and ride the wave
anotherunknown
15d ago
Yep, right there with you. I'm doing lots of work on this at the moment with my therapist, and it can get better. Leaning into it and trying to not be bothered by it are really helping, even though it sounds like the last thing you'd want to do with it. Also, I use the 'good enough/best guess' approach - my OCD wants 100% certainty that everything is real, but that's not possible. So I have to say to myself - 'right, I'm calling it - I'm about 70% sure that I'm real, and I'm carrying on with my day because I'll never know for certain'. Some days it's easier than others, but you're being really brave - hang in there.