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Is it normal to feel as though you are not in control of your own body? Like someone else is in the control room and you're on autopilot?

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Last Updated: 12/03/2018 at 10:21pm
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Compassionate, patient, experienced depression counselor. I use Psychodynamic counseling techniques. My counseling experience is +8 years, I counsel women.

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April 18th, 2017 7:33pm
It is normal. I have felt this way in my past. This can happen to someone if they haven't had enough sleep or if they are dehydrated. This can also be an emotional response to traumatic events. There are other explanations as well.
November 23rd, 2015 11:58pm
We are spirits having a body experience. As such there will be times when our existence feels surreal and off. As you learn to re-engage your body in various ways, you will be able to find a new found connection with it.
April 25th, 2016 7:45pm
yes that is the natural response to anxiety to be honest
December 4th, 2015 9:28pm
Is not unusual to feel that when you are experiencing some form of depression. Have you feel depressed lately? Have you feel like this often? When did sensation appear more often? If you answer this things you can understand better what is causing this. You can always look for a listener if you need to, we would like to help you.
March 7th, 2016 7:21pm
Hello there, I have had my days where I left like this, It feels like you are watching a movie in a first person perspective and do not have control. Usually this is a small sign of possible depression and it brings on this sense of not having control. Be sure to talk to someone about it if you ever need to and take good care of yourself :)
September 18th, 2015 4:56pm
What you are feeling is called dissociation. A good way to deal with this is to leave a fan blowing cold air somewhere on your body so it can bring you back to the present. It's okay and don't worry when it happens, it happens to all of us, but some more frequent than others.
April 13th, 2015 7:06am
Normal to certain extent, depending on whats causing this. felling not in control of your own body is a horrible feeling, and not good. Need to regain yourself and regain control
October 18th, 2016 12:27pm
yes, it is absolutely normal. But, you need to draw the line and know where to stop giving others freedom to control you. Sometimes, when we suffer from extreme illness, we tend to feel as if we are not able to take care of ourselves and therefore, we need someone by our side. But that doesn't mean we are giving undue freedom to them to take advantage of our weakness
September 16th, 2015 12:20am
If you are feeling that you aren't in control of yourself, perhaps its time to speak with a therapist, counselor or trusted healthcare provider for more answers.
October 2nd, 2018 4:48pm
I personally don't think the term "Normal" should be used in this scenario. You are you. No matter what that is, Its a person that is wonderful in their own way. Now when it comes you the main subject of the question, its ok if you sometimes don't feel like you are in control. At times many different things can go through your mind and you may act out of character and wonder if it was you who really did that. A way to counter this is working on strategies to remain calm and collected even in heated situations so you can make decisions that best fit you.
February 22nd, 2016 6:46am
Sometimes, yes! This can be a spiritual experience, something religious, or possibly just a daydream. Other times, it might be something like Dissociative Identity Disorder. I'd recommend seeing someone just in case and talking to a trusted adult.
November 27th, 2017 6:55pm
Yes, but it's important to find out why you're feeling that way, and what you can do to stop it. It's your body.
December 3rd, 2018 10:21pm
It's perfectly normal to sometimes feel out of control, and noticing that is already a huge step in the right direction. Sometimes when I feel like I am out of control I do my best to take 10 minutes every morning to really try and be in the moment. Almost like meditation, but we don't have to call it that. Just sitting with your eyes closed for ten to fifteen minutes focusing on your breathing, the sounds you can hear, how everything around you feels on your body and nothing else. That has really helped me find back to myself and no longer feel like I am running on autopilot.
April 18th, 2016 4:06pm
Yes, absolutely. This happens to me especially when I am driving. I can be driving through somewhere and sort of switch off, and get lost in my own thoughts, and when I sort of regain focus, I am somewhere anywhere up to 15 minutes away
April 17th, 2018 2:10am
To some extent, and occasionally yes. If it is more than occasionally, or if it is occurring more than usual, or if this is a significant change for you, then maybe not. But if you are concerned about it, seek the counsel of a professional. there are therapists on this website and thats a good place to start.
June 8th, 2015 8:58am
i have this feeling when i am especially tired, to get over it i find having a warm bath, a nice cup of tea and some me time can really help