Hello everyone, These are exercises from a book I've been reading: "Overcoming depersonalization disorder" ; a mindfulness & acceptance guide to conquering feelings of numbness and unreality. Feel free to do these exercises or respond to the thread if you wish. I hope they can be helpful in understanding yourself a bit better. Most of the exercises are related to depersonalization disorder, so I've rewritten it a little because I feel they could apply to other disorders as well - like depression. I myself will do the exercises as well. Here's the first exercise for now, more to follow later: Exercise 1: How I have tried to solve the problems that I experience with my disorder and how succesful have I been in solving them? 1. Describe a time when you found yourself worrying about how long your feelings of your disorder might go on. How did worrying affect your experience? I found myself worrying and also ruminating about the problems I experienced with depersonalization disorder in 2011 (and still do in 2016). It was during a period of time after the psychosis I experienced in 2010. I was thinking: "These feelings are going to be here forever." - That affected the way I handled myself and my emotions. The feeling I had was absolutely incredible, in a very scary way. I was losing the connection with reality very rapidly, I also thought I was losing the remainder of my sanity. Moments of complete mental numbness overwhelmed me; no matter what sort of thought I had in my head it all felt the same to me, emotionally. My mind was traumatized from the extremely frightening psychotic experiences, but I just couldn't not place what was wrong with me. I was living in an unreal world. The worst thing was that I did not express these feelings to anyone I knew, I felt so alone. In 2016 I gradually started to learn how and when to express myself more, to prevent the problems and feelings I experience from circulating over and over in my head. Worrying about these feelings and wether they may or may not leave my body made things worse in the end. I was so far away from reality, I don't remember much about the things that happened in my environment around me during that time or events in 2011. I was very busy with self-focus in my mind, analyzing each and every thought that my brain produced: "Just to check if it was or wasn't a (psychotic) delusional thought." I'll continue on with the next exercise later; 2. Has thinking about psychological pain you experience, led to any relief or more pain? How succesful have you been in your efforts to solve the problem of your disorder?