Hello. I have become very worried about my mental state in the past months. I feel as if I have been becoming more and more dissociated. It’s very hard to explain. My brain feels foggy, fuzzy, and sometimes absent. My frontal lobe, to be exact, feels disconnected to the rest of my brain/fuzzy/hazy/heavy. My vision feels strange, it almost feels as if I’m looking at life through thick glass. I have been having severe anxiety attacks, where I feel as if maybe I am not real or there is an alternate version of myself that has done very bad things. Sometimes I sleep very badly because my body feel extremely on edge and heavy. Sometimes it doesn’t feel as if i am doing something, like I will walk into a room and not remember the walk from one room to another. Sometimes i feel as if I am floating or my body is not exactly in reality. I have full body tingles, shaking feeling. Sometimes I feel like everything is happening so fast around me and i am not a part of it. Voices sometimes seem very far away and uncomprehensible. I am very very afraid as I learned today that my cousin is schizophrenic. I am 18 years old and I take 40mg of Prozac for depression and anxiety. Please, please give me some answers. I am very scared. I haven’t felt like myself in ages.
I would agree that your symptoms are concerning. Your severe anxiety attacks and insomnia might be major contributors to the problem. Research shows that even losing one night of sleep can significantly impair cognition. Eliminate the anxiety attacks and insomnia, and your symptoms might all together disappear.
It’s important to undergo a thorough physical examination. Start with your primary care physician (PCP) who can refer you to a specialist, if necessary.
Your PCP might also suggest undergoing a mental health evaluation and a sleep study. Medication might be prescribed for your sleep and anxiety problems.
A physical examination is the first step in determining what might be wrong. Follow the instructions of your PCP. Don’t ignore your symptoms. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle