Feelings of unreality, depersonalixation, derealization, feeling disconnected from the real world, dreamlike, unreal
Feelings of unreality, depersonalization, derealization, unreality anxiety symptoms description:
You feel like you are not a part of what is going on, or that you feel like you are in a dream state or ‘out of touch with things’. You might also feel that you are an outside observer of the world, or even yourself, but not of the world or able to feel a part of reality. Sometimes you might feel very unreal then think that you are losing your mind or will cross over into some other non-real world or consciousness.
You might also have thoughts that can have you questioning your sanity, reality, and/or the reality of the world, which may cause you to become fearful and even to the point of panic.
Also, things around you may seem like they are shimmering, foggy, hazy, or too bright.
This feelings of unreality symptom dropping sensation can persistently affect one area only, can shift and affect another area or areas, and can migrate all over and affect many areas over and over again.
This feelings of unreality symptom can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel a pins and needles feeling once and a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time.
This feelings of unreality symptom may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
This feelings of unreality symptom can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.
This feelings of unreality symptom can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.
This feelings of unreality symptom can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
What causes the feelings of unreality anxiety symptom?
Anxiety causes the body to produce the stress response (also known as the fight or flight response). The stress response stresses the body. When the body becomes overly stressed, which we call stress-response hyperstimulation, the body can exhibit a wide variety of odd and unusual sensations and symptoms. The feelings of unreality symptom is one of them.
How to get rid of the feelings of unreality anxiety symptom?
Because this feelings of unreality symptom is just a symptom of elevated stress, it needn't be a cause for concern. It will subside when you reduce your stress and give your body ample time to calm down. As your body's stress returns to a more normal level, symptoms of stress subside, including the feelings of unreality anxiety symptom. Therefore, this feelings of unreality symptom needn't be a cause for concern.
For more information, visit our "Depersonalization" symptom, which is often associated with the "Feelings of Unreality" symptoms.
Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area of our website is our anxiety symptoms chapter. It contains detailed information about all anxiety symptoms, including what they are, why they occur, what you can do to eliminate them, and how many people experience them (the percentage of people who experience each anxiety symptom). Our anxiety symptoms chapter includes a more detailed description and explanation about the feelings of unreality anxiety symptom.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated April 2015.