Our expert says:
Depersonalization can quite often be a form of defense against intense emotions. Congratulations on your achievements so far --- in giving up the abused substances, and in patiently exploring and finding the Seroquel that helps you. There can be many reasons why one either did not fully develop a capacity for displaying emotions towards others, or inhibited one's innate capacity to do so ( perhaps because the emotions were too often too intense or otherwise problematic ) or both, but one could potentially re-learn this skill to a useful extent ; and again I would recommend counselling / psychotherapy of the CBT form. SOmetimes this is at least partly a learned habit, which one needs to unlearn, as well as learning better alternatives
Seriously, too, sometimes a pet, like a puppy, is good at teaching one how to give and receive affection, unconditionally and wholesomely.
Disuss with your shrink this sense of being spaced out --- it could be, either/or, psychologically based depersonalization or derealization, or perhaps a degree of a variation on sedation caused by meds, which could be adjusted.
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