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HoldingOnHope

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I stumbled upon this website this morning while I was googling about “going crazy”

I am so glad I did. What’s listed, I pretty much have every single fear. This doctor says basically if you think you’re crazy or think you’re going to lose control then YOU ARE NOT!

when I was younger my anxiety/panic attacks were always the fear of having some rare form of cancer, or a brain eating amoeba (always something strand and very rare like that)

but lately, my anxiety and panic attacks stem from a fear of going psychotic, actually losing my mind or losing control of my actions. I keep telling myself “you know, YOU KNOW it’s your anxiety, your latest obsession, but y’all know how it is with anxiety, we convince ourselves it REALLY IS TRUE THIS TIME!! That whatever we fear is legit and actually is going to happen.

so. I really needed this today.
can anyone relate?Am I the only one who has legit fears of losing my mind and having to be institutionalized? If so, how did your fears get better? Did you beat it? Come on people, give me some hope!!
 

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I think all anxiety disorders are heightened from the fear of losing control. The anxiety makes us lose control of our thinking which can give us very real physical symptoms. I do believe the fear of losing control a a solid thread through all of the anxiety disorders. The less we can let that fear control us, the better we'll do. I like the advice of "if you think you are going crazy, you're not"
 

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Yes, I've spoken with a family member who's a retired counselor and it's true if you think you're going crazy, you're not. In fact, you have very good mental health because you realize something is wrong and it might be time to seek help.

I admit my anxiety and OCD has made me feel like I'm going to crazy or lose control, but I remind myself that it's a sign that I'm self-aware enough to recognize a problem. Anxiety and fear of going crazy are not a problems with oneself. Rather, they are a problem with the way one responds to a situation. I am able to recognize my unwanted thoughts and I accept that my anxiety makes me interpret situations in certain ways. It is commendable to recognize when you are having unwanted thoughts or fearing for your sanity. Take comfort in the fact that it means that you are always in control and always able to speak up when you need help.
 

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Yes, I've spoken with a family member who's a retired counselor and it's true if you think you're going crazy, you're not. In fact, you have very good mental health because you realize something is wrong and it might be time to seek help.

I admit my anxiety and OCD has made me feel like I'm going to crazy or lose control, but I remind myself that it's a sign that I'm self-aware enough to recognize a problem. Anxiety and fear of going crazy are not a problems with oneself. Rather, they are a problem with the way one responds to a situation. I am able to recognize my unwanted thoughts and I accept that my anxiety makes me interpret situations in certain ways. It is commendable to recognize when you are having unwanted thoughts or fearing for your sanity. Take comfort in the fact that it means that you are always in control and always able to speak up when you need help.
Thank you for your response!! I needed that!
 

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I stumbled upon this website this morning while I was googling about “going crazy”

I am so glad I did. What’s listed, I pretty much have every single fear. This doctor says basically if you think you’re crazy or think you’re going to lose control then YOU ARE NOT!

when I was younger my anxiety/panic attacks were always the fear of having some rare form of cancer, or a brain eating amoeba (always something strand and very rare like that)

but lately, my anxiety and panic attacks stem from a fear of going psychotic, actually losing my mind or losing control of my actions. I keep telling myself “you know, YOU KNOW it’s your anxiety, your latest obsession, but y’all know how it is with anxiety, we convince ourselves it REALLY IS TRUE THIS TIME!! That whatever we fear is legit and actually is going to happen.

so. I really needed this today.
can anyone relate?Am I the only one who has legit fears of losing my mind and having to be institutionalized? If so, how did your fears get better? Did you beat it? Come on people, give me some hope!!
I just a few weeks ago hugged my sister and told her that I was terrified I was going to end up in an institution because I felt like I was losing my mind. My anxiety just seems to get worse and not better. Hang in there!!
 

gadamsgrega2

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I stumbled upon this website this morning while I was googling about “going crazy”

I am so glad I did. What’s listed, I pretty much have every single fear. This doctor says basically if you think you’re crazy or think you’re going to lose control then YOU ARE NOT!

when I was younger my anxiety/panic attacks were always the fear of having some rare form of cancer, or a brain eating amoeba (always something strand and very rare like that)

but lately, my anxiety and panic attacks stem from a fear of going psychotic, actually losing my mind or losing control of my actions. I keep telling myself “you know, YOU KNOW it’s your anxiety, your latest obsession, but y’all know how it is with anxiety, we convince ourselves it REALLY IS TRUE THIS TIME!! That whatever we fear is legit and actually is going to happen.

so. I really needed this today.
can anyone relate?Am I the only one who has legit fears of losing my mind and having to be institutionalized? If so, how did your fears get better? Did you beat it? Come on people, give me some hope!!
This is a great read... thanks for sharing... I like the part about the heart attack vs. heart palpatations section most... Makes a ton of sense...
 
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