Unlike depersonalization, which effects the perception of one’s self, derealization is marked by a change in one’s experience of their environment, where the world around him or her feels unreal and unfamiliar.

The following is a list of terms commonly used to describe the symptoms and sensations of Derealization:

  • feeling “high”
  • feeling “drunk”
  • spaciness
  • like looking through a gray veil
  • lost
  • confused
  • low IQ
  • a sensory fog
  • spaced-out
  • being trapped in a glass bell jar
  • in a goldfish bowl
  • behind glass
  • in a Disney-world dream state
  • withdrawn
  • feeling cut off or distant from the immediate surroundings
  • being a spectator at some strange and meaningless game
  • objects appear diminished in size
  • objects appear to be not solid
  • flat
  • dream-like
  • cartoon-like
  • artificial

Derealization was more of a physical problem for me than depersonalization because it involved challenges with spacial relations. Coincidentally, my symptoms of derealization started only after I began taking antibiotics. It was only after I started heavy detoxing and killing the Lyme disease that derealization went away for me completely.

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