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Do You Get Déjà Vu?

The sense that you have experienced before on the things that is happening for the first time.

Is this the first time you have heard of the word deja vu? Or were you familiar with the experience and feel it sometimes? According to Merriam-Webster, déjà vu is an illusion of remembering scenes and experiences when seen for the first time. So, do you get Déjà vu?

Déjà vu meaning “already seen” in French, refers to the sensation of having previously seen a particular situation. It is a memory illusion in which, despite a strong sense of recall, the time, place, and context of the “previous” experience are unknown or impossible.

Approximately two-thirds of asked populations report having déjà vu at least once in their lives. In this article, let us know more about whether you are getting Déjà vu.

What is Deja vu?

Déjà vu is a sense of having already seen something you’re currently seeing or experiencing. Together with the awareness that you haven’t actually seen it, which is why it surprises many people. It seems to be the same as a bit of brain “glitch” when two streams of thought clash. The word literally translates from French as “already seen.”

It is an unbelievably common experience. It is estimated that up to 97% of people have had at least once, with more than two-thirds experiencing it on a regular basis.


Two black cats staring at the camera
Two black cats staring at the camera

Is Deja vu good or bad?

It is thought that déjà vu is the outcome of two different streams of awareness colliding. The experience of identifying a current event and the feeling that this is an incorrect memory. A crucial factor is that the individual knows they have never seen something before.

Sometimes, this happens in the case of split perception. In which someone processes a sight twice because they were distracted or their vision was limited for some reason.

The second perception, which occurs immediately after the first, is the one that is consciously experienced—but it seems strange because we are unaware of the first experience, which we only partially processed.

A girl working on her table
A girl working on her table

What causes the feeling?

Though this feeling  is rarely a sign of a serious condition, such as a psychological disorder, there are plenty of things to consider if deja vu episodes are bothering you. People who are weary and/or anxious frequently report experiencing déjà vu. Fatigue and stress are known to impact both long- and short-term memory.

The idea is that excessive dopamine levels may be contributing to deja vu episodes. In studies of temporal lobe epilepsy, researchers discovered higher dopamine levels in mouse models of the condition.

Amantadine and Proin (phenylpropanolamine), two fever drugs, are one odd reason for déjà vu. A case report describes a guy who took this combination of drugs to treat a flu infection and began suffering multiple feelings of déjà vu every hour, which disappeared when he stopped taking the medications.

In addition to lowering flu symptoms, both of these drugs act on the dopamine system, and it seems that the déjà vu experiences can be caused by an excess of dopamine in the system. According to epilepsy research, areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus, are associated with dysmensic symptoms (poor memory).

At last

How often do you get Déjà vu? If it is bothering your daily activities, then it may be the time to see your doctor. If not, then you can brush off and feel the power of seeing the future beforehand. I mean, isn’t it fun? Do let us know in the comments what you think about this. Make sure you share this with your friends and family to let them know that they are not alone to experience this strange feeling.

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