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What are you afraid of?

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Is it rational? Are you avoiding things because of fear? do you push yourself? How?

 

I'm afraid of doing my portfolio and get out to the "real world", but I'm realizing that being afraid is not an option anymore . . 

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I'm most afraid that my mental health will continue to deteriorate as i get older, until someday I cannot function, work, or ever find any happiness, pleasure, motivation, social connection or any meaning in my life. I'm afraid I will be trapped and dependent on my spouse becoming a burden to him....and eventually, after years of "going through the motions" and trying a lifetime of treatments & medications, depression will be the death of me.

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Heights, tight spaces. Deathly illnesses, some people having long coughing fits (don't know where that came from) Vomit and everything assiociated with it. Death, dying alone, losing people I care about, friends hating me, bullying restarting. Failing. My life is just one big shitshow of supressing fears.

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My anxiety revolves around my health, mental health...so it's hard to escape it...

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3 hours ago, BrianOCD said:

My anxiety revolves around my health, mental health...so it's hard to escape it...

How do you deal with health problems? I mean what do you say to yourself to calm down, and not spiraling? My health is also a major trigger for my depression and anxiety . . it's taking its toll 

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16 hours ago, grab your bag said:

How do you deal with health problems? I mean what do you say to yourself to calm down, and not spiraling? My health is also a major trigger for my depression and anxiety . . it's taking its toll 

Well I don't always catch it, sometimes I actually believe it...not realizing it's my anxiety again.

"This time it's something serious"

Usually I try to look back on the times I convinced myself in the past and say to myself "I've never been right about any of these...."  Or I'll realize it's just my anxiety acting up again.

I've been trying to work in therapy to see if we can remove that core fear.  I feel like many people with panic disorder have this anxiety.

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Mine is social situations and dripping water. So many people laugh when I say dripping water but it’s awful. If the faucet is dripping hours after I’ve turned it off I spiral into complete panic. Heart racing my whole life starts to go into panic. I can’t stand ANY ticking noises, or dripping water noises. I honestly don’t even know what I’m afraid of, but those things really make me panic. I also have major social anxiety which has just recently started to affect me. My stomach is tight to the point where i cannot get up and walk because it hurts so bad. I used to have a very active job and I switched to an office job about a year ago.

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Being overweight and people seeing me

Being lonely

Not being good at anything, therefore no sustainable career in my near future

Relationships

Came out to my parents in 2016 and they'll never accept me or my boyfriend/husband if I ever have one, and I'm afraid this means we'll cut contact and I won't have family support 

Failing

Living like this

Adult responsibilities 

Dying because I don't believe in an afterlife 

Doctors and hospitals, especially mental health facilities. Therapists and psychiatrists. 

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I have many, worst are driving in freeways or some hills, especially in snow. And fear of MRI scans, which I’ve never had. I won’t even go into the rest. 

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Interesting so many don't like Driving, it's one of the only things that seems to relax me...I suppose it is dangerous but compared to my health anxiety it's a distraction.

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Spiders and heights. I've been bitten by Black Widow spiders twice, so I don't think the spiders is irrational. 

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I’m afraid of being embarrassed or being put in an embarrassing situation. I’m afraid of people not liking me. I’m afraid of being misunderstood. I’m an adult and I’m afraid of being made fun of. 

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I'm afraid of being chased/caught and hurting other people. Everything goes back to this fear. I'm terrified of the dentist because I have to lie there and worry that I will lose control and hurt someone while trying to 'escape'. Anywhere I see a cop it makes me panic because I'm afraid they will chase me. 

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I'm afraid of getting a little bit better mentally and my doctors and therapists assuming I'm okay now and leaving me, I know that it's partly irrational but it has happened before so it's not completely just in my head

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I’m afraid of spiders, always have been.

I feel like if I express my more serious fears here that someone might read about them and make them come true so I have to be careful with what I say. 

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I am afraid of lots of things. Mostly related to health and deadly diseases.

When a stray dog walks past me or come close, I become afraid that I will get rabies. After getting first x-ray, I am afraid of getting cancer from x-ray radiation.

When I go to hospital, I always feel like there are deadly viruses and bacteria everywhere.

Every time after blood test or injection, I suspect that needle is infected with some deadly disease.

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ocd_nerd, does CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) help people with OCD? There was a man in my CBT class that had the same kind of fears that you do, and he improved hugely in 6 weeks, it was kind of amazing. He is diabetic, so being phobic of healthcare was a real problem for him. I personally was very resentful of being enrolled in the class, and hated the idea of CBD, but I did my assigned homework, and it did help me.

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I guess it could be called overcrowding, can’t think of a correct term. I live in a small town, literally, never drive over 25 mph, it’s that small. Big cities scare the shit out of me, with the fast heavy traffic. I’m easily overwhelmed.

3 years ago my mother passed away, had to fly home to San Antonio TX. Not only the immense traffic, but somehow had to maneuver a “spaghetti bowl” of an expressway interchange. Omg, I was on the top level, I was white-knuckling the steering wheel, hoping I wouldn’t pass out, it was so high. 

Please, give me boring sleepiness of constant 4-way stop signs quiet town, anytime. 

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Yes, I live in a big city but can’t take freeways at all, I take the surface streets. Hard to use GPS, it routes to freeways. And I’m super nervous on bridges anyway. I keep those fears to myself as much as possible. 

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