The greatest insight about depersonalization is the fact that it is not an illness. It may feel strange and even frightening but this does not indicate a true sickness or long term condition. Depersonalization has its roots in anxiety and eventually the mind becomes exhausted from worry. The fatigued mind is fueled by the cycle of anxiety. The habit of worry is strong and the mind remains fatigued as the fearful behavior continues to cycle. You could say that depersonalization is a stubborn offshoot of the anxiety condition.
It makes perfect sense. When one is worried about how they feel, they become fearful. This becomes their pattern or behavior. The mind becomes tired from studying itself on a constant basis. One becomes hypervigilant, fearing if they lower their guard, they will lose control. Anxiety heightens and the cycle fuels itself. If one were to STOP and recognize that this cycle is triggered and fueled by their own behavior (way of thinking), they could reverse the cycle immediately. Depersonalization depends on one’s constant train of fearful thoughts, which keep the mind fatigued, less resilient and incapable of concentration. These physical symptoms create more fear, which only adds to the habit of worry. And so, the cycle continues and the mind reminds fatigued.
The individual believes that avoidance of work, social life and responsibility is the answer leading to recovery. Nothing could be further from the truth. They cancel engagements and spend most of their time home alone, waiting for recovery to occur. There is a complete paradox to this, as the true path to recovery is not about being alone with one’s thoughts but by learning to change one’s behavior, engage in work, socialize, and allow the mind to refresh itself by learning to move out of one’s own way. It’s clearly about learning to use the specific process of recovery to interrupt the cycle of fear and worry, which fuels this condition. This is the great discovery concerning depersonalization. One must learn to break the cycle of fatiguing anxious thought and step out of their own way. This is the path that allows the mind to refresh itself and rejuvenate. The mind is able to concentrate again, visual disturbances dissipate, the foggy mind clears and a true sense of clarity returns.
Both are treated identically and neither is a true illness. They are both the product of a fatigued mind, fueled by an underlying anxiety condition. Both are a stubborn form of anxiety treated by a very specific process. When the behavior is corrected, life returns to normal. Behavior Modification- Learning to think differently is essential, in order to interrupt the behavior which fuels a fatigued mind. One must learn and practice a specific way of thinking in order to produce a refreshed mind. They must replace a long term unproductive behavior for a more productive one. This is not difficult but does require commitment to the process.
2. Applying and adhering to a precise diet and nutrition plan, designed specifically for rejuvenation of the mind to take place. This process will also create a far less reactive mind and body, stabilizing blood sugar levels and boosting serotonin levels in the brain naturally. Application of the above along with understanding of the condition will allow a full and permanent recovery. This does not require a long or drawn out process. The only mandatory requirement is one’s commitment and willingness to follow the process in order for permanent recovery to occur. Once this process reaches fruition, there is no need for future concern involving relapse, since the individual knows too much at this time to fall back. One is fully aware and able to recognize elevated stress levels that could possibly trigger and tire the mind.