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forgetting who I am, should I be worried?

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sunflowerblue Thu 29-Oct-15 20:04:46

I have been experiencing something for a while. I wake in the middle of the night, not sure where I am, but I've also been confused and not known WHO I am. I live alone, so I don't know how long it lasts.

But I've also had a similar thing occur in the day whilst I'm driving. It's always whilst I'm driving through town, so lots going on and my brain is busy. And I suddenly think 'do I live here??' And I can't think who I was or where I lived before (I've lived in this town for 18 months) and as it starts to come back to me, who I am, ex partner, family, none of it feels real. It's just a very disconnected feeling.

Could it be a sign of something? I was worried about mental health, plucked up the courage to tell a friend yesterday and she suggested it was worth seeing gp in case it had a physical cause, maybe some sort of seizure. Now I'm panicking they will say I'm not allowed to drive.

NanaNina Thu 29-Oct-15 21:04:02

I think you should see the GP just to get checked out. It doesn't sound like a seizure although I am no medic. Have you been anxious lately or worrying about something? How is your memory - do you forget the way home for example. I don't think a doctor will tell you you're not allowed to drive. I'm not sure what the rules are about this to be honest. But see your GP and tell him/her what you are experiencing.

swisscheesetony Thu 29-Oct-15 21:05:56

Could be "micro psychosis", I get it from time to time. I'll be driving and I just don't recognise where I am, or I get in the car and I literally don't know how to drive and I've forgotten my own name too. It's always been when I'm super stressed.

sunflowerblue Thu 29-Oct-15 21:12:09

I moved here after I went NC with family (3 years ago). Lots happened over a lifetime leading up to that decision, I guess other relevant factors are that I was in an abusive relationship for years, I am under pressure in that I'm a lone parent, without family, and also carer for one of my children who has a disability. I'm wary of putting too much recogniseable info online, but I wondered if it was a response to trauma? I saw a counseller for a year and she said I used 'splitting' as a coping mechanism, so I wondered if this is connected to that.

NanaNina Thu 29-Oct-15 21:27:25

I think it's highly likely that what you are experiencing is related to the stress that you are under, and it might be helpful if you can see the therapist again.

lougle Thu 29-Oct-15 21:32:04

I think you need to see a doctor. It could be MH related, or it could be a type of dissociative seizure....either way it needs someone to help you identify the cause, because it must be quite distressing.

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