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disconnected feeling a PTSD side effect ?

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I have not been sleeping well. Have tried a number of sleeping agents but they dont work. 2 months ago my now ex boyfriend tried to sleep with my daughter but I kicked him out and have had no contact.
I have lost 3 siblings in the past 10 years..2 to suicide and one they are still puzzled over..she was found in her home with the heat turned off, naked, and say she died of hypothermia.
I am seeing a counselor and have been for the past 3 yrs.
For the past few days I have felt very disconnected with myself...feels like my mind is not connected to me.
I also smoked marijuanna for 7 years and have been clean for 1.5 mths.
This happens often..the disconnected feelings. I try not to let it worry me..tell myself that perhaps it is how I am dealing with anxiety and reality.
Just wondering if this is common in people with post traumatic stress disorder. What are some ways to cope with this feeling?
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replied March 19th, 2008
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Yeah, that's common. It's called depersonalization or derealization. Usually, once the root of the anxiety is successfully treated, those feelings will go away. Until then, your psychologist should be able to help you cope with it.
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replied September 13th, 2010
I have also felt this same "disconnected" feeling.... It happened to me after a heart attack... VERY mild, but a real wake up call!!! I still think somehting is wrong even after the cardiologist and Dr. said I am fine... get these strange sensations like I am not in my body..... really strange... was on zoloft... DONT want to stay on it... coping....
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