Video: Is Depersonalization Typical with Anxiety?

I wanted to share this short video I created about depersonalization or derealization. Depersonalization is a common symptom of anxiety and panic attacks. People describe it in many different ways, including feeling "detached from reality" or "out of it." Sometimes I would feel like I was underwater and everyone else was up at the surface. Well rest assured, depersonalization is not fun, but it's not dangerous either. It is actually a coping mechanism that happens when we are in an anxious, heightened state and taking in tons of extra sensory inputs. It is the brain's way of throttling back all that information.

Watch the short video below to learn more, but there are some things you can do about it. One of my favorites was always to run my hands under cold water. A single strong sensation like that often helped me come back to reality. Other people like to focus on doing logical math problems.

Learn a little bit more about why depersonalization happens and what you can do about it by watching my video.