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Does anyone else here feel ungrounded a lot?

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A lot of times I feel this way. It feels like my mind is "suspended", or like I am not fully grounded. I remember for a long time I was convinced that I had Autism. I would constantly bring the subject up to my therapist. We both concluded that Autism is heavy stress; it's a higher level of difficulty. I guess it helped me to figure out what exactly it is. A while after I stopped seeing that therapist, I inferred that the reason why I felt like I had Autism sometimes, such as while I was running errands, was because I was under extreme stress; as a result, I would exhibit Autism-like behavior.
 
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hi savadpeas

I dont think you or your therapist can diagnose autism
that needs to be a specialist in autism
you can get referred though the GP or the psychiatrist in your area

as for feeling ungrounded
I think I was like that most of my life

recently with my therapist and other therapeutic work
I have had some exercises for it !

one is to sit somewhere quiet as possible
and name 5 things you can see, 5 things you can touch and so on
for all 5 senses , taking your time over it

I like particularly feeling the fabrics around me in the room

and another one is to name all the red things you can see
then all the blue things and etc
again taking your time over it

my therapist sits upright with her feet flat on the floor
and her hands on her knees for these exercise
which I do at the end of the session
to bring me back to the present

:grouphug:
 
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I don't feel fully grounded either, due to head and neck tension. Focus isn't my strong suit. Out of curiosity, where do you feel the stress in your body?
 
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I don't feel fully grounded either, due to head and neck tension. Focus isn't my strong suit. Out of curiosity, where do you feel the stress in your body?
Mainly in the back of my neck.
 
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Mainly in the back of my neck.
Are there times when you don't feel the stress in the back of your neck? There are moments for me where I don't feel stress in those areas and I can concentrate better. I was wondering if it was the same for you.
 
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Are there times when you don't feel the stress in the back of your neck? There are moments for me where I don't feel stress in those areas and I can concentrate better. I was wondering if it was the same for you.
Yes, the tension in the back of my neck does go away sometimes. I never really took note of whether I could concentrate better or not, but it does come and go.
 
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I remember years ago, while I was on a good amount of antipsychotic medication, there was a time when I felt like the tension in the back of my neck was starting to go away completely. Unfortunately, back then I was extremely med incompliant, despite the fact that I was on medication the whole time. I have been on antipsychotic medication continuously for twelve+ years, with the exception of a nineteen-day period back in May/June 2017 when I was off all medication. However, I have finally been med compliant for more than two years now. I realize that if I want to get on with my life, I must adhere to my medication regimen.
 
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Do you remember what you were doing differently when the neck tension went away? Whatever you did, I'm glad the medicine is working out for you. I dislike my medicine, because I can't think clearly. I'm assuming the reason I can't think clearly is Akathisia, because I do feel a inner restlessness. I can't tell exactly why I have it though. Who knows it might be brain fog instead.
 
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I remember when I was starting to feel that way, my head slowly went downward as the tension started to go away. But then it came back soon after. That has not happened to me once since then, however. Probably because back then I was still opposed to taking medication. I was always looking for ways to reduce my dose, or go off medication altogether. But now I am not, as I now realize I need the medication. I have been med compliant for more than two years.
 
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Do you remember what you were doing differently when the neck tension went away? Whatever you did, I'm glad the medicine is working out for you. I dislike my medicine, because I can't think clearly. I'm assuming the reason I can't think clearly is Akathisia, because I do feel a inner restlessness. I can't tell exactly why I have it though. Who knows it might be brain fog instead.
I think I should clarify something. When I mentioned my "extreme stress", it was not all in the back of my neck. It was both psychological and neurological; I could feel it throughout my whole body. I usually only feel this way when running errands, etc. But when I am home by myself, the tension in the back of my neck is usually there.
 
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I'm not sure, but It seems to me like your storing stress in your muscles. I store stress in my forehead, my jaw, my neck and the top of my head when I become stressed out, that's why I'm glad finally sticking with Progressive Muscle Relaxation which is also know as PMR. In the below video the psychologist goes through a session of PMR. Before I would give up on PMR, because it didn't relax me, but I learned through the video that your suppose teach your muscles the difference between tension and relaxation and that takes time.

She said this is done through Kinesthetic memory. This was really good explanation for me, because things started to click. If I remember correctly, remembering the positions of the keys on your keyboard when typing, comes from Kinesthetic memory otherwise known as muscle memory. Me being able to remember the keys, demonstrated to me, that if I kept teaching my muscles the right thing, they'll remember it and eventually be able to relax, so I been keeping at it daily.

 
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