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I Cannot Tell the Difference Between Things that Are Real and Not Real

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From a young woman in the U.S.: I cannot tell the difference between things that are real and not real. My memories seem like a drunken memory (I don’t drink) and one minute I could be fine and the next I can’t tell if what just happened, actually happened. It is like my brain just restarted and I won’t know what happened.

I also feel like I don’t belong in this world or universe. I feel like I am special or that I was just meant for a different universe. It is really weird and I feel crazy. I don’t know what is wrong with me. Please help me.

I Cannot Tell the Difference Between Things that Are Real and Not Real

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I wish you had told us whether this is a recent problem. If so, the first thing to do is to see your medical doctor. There are a number of medical issues that can create this type of confusion. It can also be a symptom of a sleep disorder.

If your doctor says you are physically fine — or if this is a long-standing problem — then please see a therapist for a diagnosis and help. Not being able to sort out real and imagined memories could make trouble for you in the future.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

I Cannot Tell the Difference Between Things that Are Real and Not Real

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). I Cannot Tell the Difference Between Things that Are Real and Not Real. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2018/05/03/i-cannot-tell-the-difference-between-things-that-are-real-and-not-real/
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