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Can it come back?

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If it's gone it's gone? Or can it come back...for example because of stress, drugs, meds, or even spontaneously?

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Since we don't know the pathophysiology of HPPD it's not sure if it can come back or not.

I would not recommend going back to whatever drug gave u HPPD if u got it and now symptom free. It's like playing with fire.

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I suspect if you're lucky enough to have your symptoms clear up, and you resume taking psychedelics, then the chances of it coming back are very high.  For whatever reason some of us are predisposed to this disorder and I doubt that vulnerability just dissapears along with the original symptoms.

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I have been on the forum for about 10 years now and it seems the answer is a clear YES.... not only can it come back, but it can come back much worse.

Say no to drugs, y'all.... Avoid stress as much as possible, double check with the forum, facebook etc about any new meds you get prescribed.

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It has been my own experience, having HPPD for 48 years now, that there are long stretches of time when the symptoms seem not so strong or not obvious enough to notice. Then, a time of stress, or perhaps sleep deprivation, or for no such reason at all the symptoms will come again more pronounced. The most unsettling of these symptoms is the feeling that I just arrived on the scene while I've actually been there all along doing whatever Im doing. It is like a second me awakens. I do think this must be what is called de-realization or de-personalization. That particular symptom was what I did not like while on LSD in 1969-70 and what really makes me feel 'spacey'.( 48 years later!)  I stay away from situations and places that seem to heighten these symptoms, for instance noisy places with lots of people. Places with alot of electric lights and tech. These sorts of environs seem to trigger symptoms in my case. By the way, one of my biggest fears when I first experienced HPPD at the age of 12 years old was whether or not I would ever get AS high as on a full blown LSD trip! I never had that happen. I suppose it still could happen though.

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