Feeling As Though Nothing Is Real

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

…and i am not in control of my own actions. I’ve been struggling with this for a while now but its recently gotten worse. I feel as though nothing is real. That I am not in control of my actions. I will find myself doing something that I did not consciously decide to do, and have a hard time believing that I am real. I have developed many theories such as the matrix being real, aliens, and even that I am in hell forced to relive the same thing over and over with no free will. I do not know what is wrong with me, but am desperately looking for any help I can get.

A. You may be experiencing disassociation, derealization and possibly delusions. They are signs that something is wrong. I would encourage you to be evaluated by a mental health professional. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible because your symptoms seem to be growing progressively worse.

Make an appointment with either a psychiatrist or a psychotherapist. You may want to start by getting a referral from your primary care physician. If you do not have access to a primary care physician, then call your local community mental health center or the health department for a referral. Medication could also help to significantly decrease or possibly eliminate your symptoms.

In the meantime, surround yourself with individuals who can help you stay grounded in reality. Do you have a friend or loved one who you can call when your symptoms feel overwhelming? If so, utilize that support. I wish you the best of luck. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle




Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 4 Nov 2011

APA Reference
Randle, K. (2011). Feeling As Though Nothing Is Real. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 5, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2011/11/04/feeling-as-though-nothing-is-real/

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