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Well here below are the answers to your queries.
1) Yes I believe this fresh bout of symptoms are nothing but a part of your anxiety coupled with your obsession with over-evaluating minor symptoms and making them look like they are something very severe and debilating, quite simply on the lines of Hypochondriacal obsessions.
2) No, these symptoms do not qualify for HPPD reason being a) For HPPD to be diagnosed there needs to be previous use of a Hallucinogen and b) the symptoms of visual snow/tracers need to be consistently present on a daily basis and not like it has happened in your case that is occurring once in a while.
3) As discussed above in 2) you do not seem like having HPPD, so you need not bother about it. But if at it ever have occurred then it's treatment would have been difficult and it would have been a life long condition.
4) These tracers/ visual snow are nothing but floaters which almost every other person gets owing to accumulation of concretions/deposits in the vitreous humour which are mostly part of age related wear and tear of body.
Please try to distract yourself from this as this is nothing to worry about.
I hope this helps.
Wish you all the best.
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Hi Dr Kaushik,
Thanks for the detailed reply, I just wanted to ask two more things which occurred to me.
- I do totally agree with your response, and it is very reassuring...but say if* someday I did get/or have some mild HPPD symptoms along with my OCD/GAD/DR for whatever reason, would it mean that I couldn't still have some quality of life? Or would there still be a possibility of me being able to lead a good quality of life, even if I had to deal with this as well? Would it make my prognosis much worse?
- And also can having anxiety/derealisation make visual problems such as very slight floaters/tracers/visual snow slightly worse than in a 'normal' person? As I do honestly think my vision is worse than before when my symptoms are bad.
Thanks - that's all.
Well if you ever developed mild HPPD then although it may be distressing but it may not compromise your quality of life until it becomes too severe.
Yes anxiety does make floaters/tracers/visual snow worse than in a normal person.
Thanks doctor, last question I promise:
Can/Could you still have a decent quality of life living with HPPD (Even if it varies in severity)?
And if* I actually did have this condition, would I still have a chance of leading a normalish life?
I guess I just want hope that if I ever did get this, I would still be okay, be able to live a decent life.