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Monday, April 12, 2010 klsn822, Community Member, asks

Q: Is it normal to feel like things aren't real?

I constantly have the feeling that my life and the people in it are not real.

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Merely Me, Health Guide
4/12/10 9:59pm

Hi there

 

Well it sounds like you may be experiencing some dissociation...which is a feeling that things are not real.  Some people feel this in reaction great stress or trauma.  Have you had any trauma in your life?

 

This may be something to discuss with a therapist to figure out what is going on.

 

There are a lot of research articles about dissociation from Pub Med which you can read.

 

Let us know more and maybe we can give you more information and resources.

 

Thank you for your question.

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klsn822, Community Member
4/13/10 11:59am

Well I had a baby eight months ago.

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Judy, Community Member
4/13/10 2:45pm

As Merely Me suggested, you might want to talk to a therapist or a doctor about this.  That same feeling happened to me when I got into a bad depressive episode - I felt like I was wrapped in cotton, behind glass, couldn't even feel my feet on the floor.  It might possibly be postpartum depression, so hope you will check that out.  I wish you all the best and let us know if we can be of further help.

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klsn822, Community Member
4/13/10 11:07pm

Okay. Thank you very much.

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John Folk-Williams, Health Guide
4/14/10 1:25am

Hi -

 

Judy's suggestion about the possibility of post partum depression is a good one, and talking to your physician is definitely a good idea. One of the effects of depression can be the sense of detachment from everyone and everything around you. Feeling is so blunted that things that normally stir up emotions might not seem to matter at all. You can also be so self-absorbed that it's hard to focus on anyone else or have any sense of relatedness to them. That's the way I've experienced depression, and the combination of these states gives me a sense of the unreality and lack of meaning in daily life and the people closest to me. I'm not sure if that's similar to what you're experiencing, but I do hope you'll talk to a professional about it.

 

John

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By klsn822, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/13/11, First Published: 04/12/10