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I'm starting to have an OCD about WWIII starting, is it really an OCD fear or something that could reasonably happen over the next few months?

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Are we getting close to WWIII or a war with Iran? I keep see news articles on both and it has me worried.
 

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Now that thinking about it, I'm not feeling full better from covid yet.
Could that be part of the reason why the fears are so uncontrolled lately?
 

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Now that thinking about it, I'm not feeling full better from covid yet.
Could that be part of the reason why the fears are so uncontrolled lately?
Highly likely. Don't watch the news is my advice, especially US news which often isn't even an accurate account.
 

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Highly likely. Don't watch the news is my advice, especially US news which often isn't even an accurate account.
Agreed. I don't pay much attention to news outlets at all for this reason. They all push stories that cater to their political leanings and beliefs, or whatever otherwise fits their agenda. I'll take what I do hear in the news and spend time gathering info from various sources, then use my best judgement to try and figure out what's truly going on.
 

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If any country was to fire a nuke, that whole country would probably be wiped out. Hence nobody has fired one in all this time of having them. Certain countries would be watched more closely than others. They fire anything towards another country it would be taken out of the air, over their own country. There are missiles to take other missiles out of the air. You do have ships parked up in certain parts of the world for a reason. They are keeping an eye on these countries. If you knew you would die if you fired a nuke, would you fire it? People saw the power of such a weapon many years ago in Japan. What exactly it could do. We have heard a lot of talking since then. But nobody has even being willing to fire one again.
 
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Is WWIII starting in a few years a realistic fear that I have to worry about it or is just an OCD thought? I've been feeling hopeless lately because of the fear.
 

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Have I just been listening too much to the news?
 

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You keep asking the same question. What do you want any of us to say to you? Everyone has different opinions about this, but no one is freaking out like you are. It’s not like a health issue, which is the topic of this forum, where you can actually have some control over what happens. You have zero control over this.
 

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I’m thinking troll and he’s laughing that he’s keeping us arguing about it. :p
 

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I’m thinking troll and he’s laughing that he’s keeping us arguing about it. :p
It may be so, but there is genuine concern about what is going on and where all this is heading. Anxiaty always has it's base in fear, and fear is so prevalent at the moment. It is very true to say that we have no control over what happens individually, but we can change things by the way we vote. If we vote for extremists then we are asking for trouble, just as they did in Germany in 1933. The people had a choice and they voted the way they did which resulted in the destruction of their country. It is never 'them' that are to blame but us. You have extremists in the US just as we have in the UK who would go to war tomorrow given the chance. Of course the generals and admirals will stir thing up, it's their trade. Yes, war is their trade and they will keep it all stirring.
 

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Giving the benefit of the doubt here and it’s genuine, it doesn’t belong in the health anxiety forum. It should be in GAD or better, OCD.
 

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Giving the benefit of the doubt here and it’s genuine, it doesn’t belong in the health anxiety forum. It should be in GAD or better, OCD.
Agreed, but people tend to gravitate towards the HA board on this and other forums because it's often the most active, so quicker and more responses.
 

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You have extremists in the US just as we have in the UK who would go to war tomorrow given the chance. Of course the generals and admirals will stir thing up, it's their trade.
Exactly, and if people will follow Donald Trump they'll listen to any nonsense.

It's a 1941 book by Erich Fromm, Escape From Freedom/ Fear of Freedom, the phenomenon where people will follow incredibly cruel or stupid leaders rather than think for themselves. He says people do this by submitting to authoritarianism, by behaving destructively, or by conformity (which explains a lot about Convincing Don in the US, people want to be Republicans and stay Republicans so they don't listen to how ridiculous, racist and hateful the message has become, even where they identify otherwise as Christians)
 

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Exactly, and if people will follow Donald Trump they'll listen to any nonsense.

It's a 1941 book by Erich Fromm, Escape From Freedom/ Fear of Freedom, the phenomenon where people will follow incredibly cruel or stupid leaders rather than think for themselves. He says people do this by submitting to authoritarianism, by behaving destructively, or by conformity (which explains a lot about Convincing Don in the US, people want to be Republicans and stay Republicans so they don't listen to how ridiculous, racist and hateful the message has become, even where they identify otherwise as Christians)
I agree. It's a mockery of so called Chritians in that they hardly ever follow the teaching of Christ. Trump and the like would call themselves Christians when they go about doing exactly what Christ told them not to do. I do wonder why we are so afraid of freedom? Authoritarianism gives us some comfort because we don't have to think for ourselves. It's like being in the armed forces where everything is done for you provided you obey orders.
Anxiety is always the product of fear, and fear can be used as a very powerful tool by those who wield power.
This was very apparent in dictatorships where fear of retribution if you stepped out of line was a good discipline.
'Thinking for ourselves'. I wonder how many of us do and how many just follow the part line? I believe we need to question everything, then come to a conclusion as to it's veracity. Lies can take many convincing forms.
 

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I wonder how many of us do and how many just follow the part line?
I think many people are uncomfortable with stepping outside of their particular social environment or of being 'in trouble' somehow or rejected. Look at the complex lies and secrets people will have when telling the truth in the first place would likely be a whole lot less trouble!

The Trump lies cost a whole bunch of taxpayer money, and who knows whether he will finally be brought to justice for the insurrection where it cost lives. He seems to think even if he's convicted if elected he can just pardon himself and that's that.

It's said that all it takes for evil to triumph is that good people do nothing, and a lot of good people have fallen asleep in America! The Republicans are usually the ones going on about morality too. But they've been co-opted by some of the worst of unprofessional politicians and public spokespeople to channel a lot of hatred and prejudice.
 

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Wow, time to hide this thread. This is super inappropriate and doesn’t belong in an anxiety help forum. Perfect example of why there needs to be admins on here.
 

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Wow, time to hide this thread. This is super inappropriate and doesn’t belong in an anxiety help forum. Perfect example of why there needs to be admins on here.
People are allowed to start topics on whatever makes them anxious. I don't see anything inappropriate here, well one of your comments calling the OP a troll maybe was unfair...we don't know that and it's best to take people on face value I think.

Anyway, we talk about a lot of things. I live in the US and know first hand what very real anxieties there are here currently.

Just take what helps you, ignore what doesn't.
 
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