Walking around your house is a familiar thing, you can even do it with your eyes closed. Yet what if you could remember yourself walking through your house, driving or just living day to day life like you already did it?

This creepy feeling is called Déjà vu and is common among humans and some primates. No one quite knows what causes this feeling, although there is a 23-year-old man from Great Britain who has been living in this strange realm for quite some time.

What caused this phenomenon in the British man?

Scientists say it is stress and a misfiring in the temporal lobes of the brain. The man experienced a history of anxiety and OCD impulses; however, these were by no means chronic mental disorders. He claims that the episodes came on when he entered university and became a frequent user of LSD (a hallucinogenic drug).

When he referred to specialists in 2008, each of the tests came back entirely normal, no notable discrepancy. This is the first time that there is a provable link between stress and the persistent déjà vu syndrome.

What does that mean for everyone else?

In all reality, nothing, yet it could explain certain moments when a person does experience these feelings. When a person is under extreme stress, their body goes into the flight of fight mode, which if pushed enough, can give you the type of out of body experience.

That, in turn, can give you that sinking feeling (if you think you remember a bad event) or even when you are expecting a surprise at all. Ultimately, this means that students, new drivers, shoppers, anyone can experience déjà vu at any given time. While not every great stress moments will bring these feelings on, it is something to consider.

The fact that this man had quit his school and continued to undergo these moments still baffles scientists. There is a consensus that the man, and thousands of others around the globe (who are not documented), undergo a vicious cycle of a misfire in the neurons of the brain.

That misfire causes a spike in anxiety. This misfire causes the déjà vu which causes more anxiety. The cycle is completed when the threshold level for the neuron is reached (due to anxiety), and it misfires once more.

There is hope for people suffering from anxiety, which could turn into a horrible “trip” from déjà vu. Drugs that block the neurons that cause stress seem to help with the root cause, as for if it prevents these moments of “been there, done that” has yet to be seen. Overall, if you are trying to reduce your risks of having a déjà vu moment, lower your stress and anxiety levels.

Copyright © 2012-2024 Learning Mind. All rights reserved. For permission to reprint, contact us.

power of misfits book banner desktop

Like what you are reading? Subscribe to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss new thought-provoking articles!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Taylor Rief

    I am 14 years old and anxiety has always been with me. Since I was about 11 I have had severe ocd. Repetitive movements, thoughts, the whole freakin’ package. Anyways, I’ve been experiencing deja vu more than I ever had. I swear it’s five times per day, 2 on a fairly good one. And now I’m convinced I have epilepsy or a brain tumor so that’s just grand. What the hell is wrong with me?

    – Taylor :\

    1. Mark

      Taylor, I’m 20 years older than you and am experiencing the same issue. Déjà vu multiple times a day and it’s been this way for two months now. I was under extreme stress, now I’m de-stressing but still having déjà vu. I hope you get better, man, I got an EEG and MRI and find out Thursday what the results are. I’ll pray for you, and hope you get well soon. Seek me out if you feel like it’s too much to handle. There are a ton of us on Reddit, just search for “déjà rêvé” in r/precognition and you’ll find me. Good luck.

Leave a Reply