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Man trapped in 'time loop' for eight years

By T.K. Randall
January 21, 2015 · Comment icon 62 comments

The man believed that he had experienced everything before. Image Credit: CC 1.0 Nordic eMarketing
A 23-year-old student has fallen victim to one of the strangest cases of déjà vu ever recorded.
The student, whose name has not been disclosed, experienced such a strong sensation of having done things before that he found himself barely able to function and had to drop out of university.

The feeling became so overwhelming that he was forced to stop participating in several otherwise innocuous everyday activities such as watching the television, reading books or listening to the radio. He described feeling as though he were trapped inside a time loop like in the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day.

While most of us will have experienced at least some level of déjà vu during our lifetime, there is a chance that these feelings can get out of control in patients suffering from a pre-existing neurological condition such as dementia or temporal lobe epilepsy.
In this case however extensive brain scans revealed no evidence of any problems.

"Rather than simply the unsettling feelings of familiarity which are normally associated with déjà vu, our subject complained that it felt like he was actually retrieving previous experiences from memory, not just finding them familiar," said psychology expert Dr Christine Wells.

"This could be the first-ever recorded instance of psychogenic déjà vu, which is déjà vu triggered by anxiety rather than a neurological condition such as dementia or epilepsy."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (62)

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Comment icon #53 Posted by Skep B 9 years ago
time is just an illusion... you aren't really ageing. If you will it you are actually getting younger. Benjamin Button wasn't a Documentary, LS
Comment icon #54 Posted by Zalmoxis 9 years ago
That is intriguing. Knowing what little we know about the brain and how it works this really spins the idea of time travel, being that reality is supposedly a physical existence. Personally, that really blows for him. Deja Vu can manifest in several forms. From what I read in the article he is tied into a present-future time loop of only several seconds, and that means, in my understanding of deja vu, that he gets "re-connected" to the "mass of deja vus" periodically each day, in essence, threading an alternate reality inside of his head made of several seconds in the future. He complained tha... [More]
Comment icon #55 Posted by simplybill 9 years ago
"In this other reality, which was as real as the first reality, I was an adult, but I could not tell you what gender I held. I was dressed in ragged clothing, and the clothes were wet and I was cold. I was standing in a pile of rubble, frantically searching for something of value, or else for food. I knew I was the only survivor in my life, that no one was left who knew me. I was conscious of jeeps and tanks rolling by me. But my concern was my abject feeling of loneliness, and total hunger, and feeling that I must search for whatever hidden treasure might be found inside the rubble. (A crust ... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by TripGun 9 years ago
time is just an illusion... you aren't really ageing. If you will it you are actually getting younger. Time maybe an illusion, however entropy is not.
Comment icon #57 Posted by Xocoyotzin 9 years ago
Do you think he has deja vu of having deja vu? There's so much potential for infinite tangential meta here but don't tell him that it might make him think about it.
Comment icon #58 Posted by lightly 9 years ago
And the fact one of the side effects of LSD is experiencing flashbacks. But lets stick with the magical answer, because that's what "true" experiences are anyway, right? flashbacks are reoccurrences of the Effects of LSD.. not a repeat of specific experiences
Comment icon #59 Posted by upisdown 8 years ago
CAROL JOY -- The writing could only be yours -- and don't think you ever told me that story before. Carol -- If you return here, please look for my PM here. Barbara
Comment icon #60 Posted by upisdown 8 years ago
All of the world's major religions used to teach Reincarnation -- "until it became inconvenient for elites - the wealthy few." Many people have made their experiences with prior lives known -- Bridey Murphy was one notable example -- I doubt she was talking LSD. And, the young woman who grew up in the UK and fairly recently told her story of a prior life in Ireland as a young mother with 5 or more children and her early death. I doubt she was taking LSD. ... but many people have these memories and experiences. Like so many other subjects, when they are made taboo people are afraid to acknowled... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by Carol Joy 8 years ago
Upisdown, we are now re-connected! (As I type this, I am humming the song: "Reunited, and it feels so good!") CAROL JOY -- The writing could only be yours -- and don't think you ever told me that story before. Carol -- If you return here, please look for my PM here. Barbara
Comment icon #62 Posted by PsiSeeker 8 years ago
Something similar to this has happened to me ~3 times lasting for hours on end. It's a side effect I experienced when dabbling with marijuana. I experienced excessive amounts of deranged thinking as well however the persistent snippets of deja vu contributed to extreme anxiety bordering on panic attacks. I had a constant sense of needing to "figure it out" in order to escape the hellish experience also. I hope the student finds effective treatment for his condition; mental illnesses are terrible.

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