Hi everyone. I am new here. I am in my 30s and have this crazy fear of hearing voices and going crazy. I dwell on it! I am on guard and keep thinking it might happen. Now, I am a pretty reasonable guy with a history of OCD and anxiety. But, it went away (90%) for many years. Suddenly, it has come back hard.
In the last 16 months…
Bought a new home
Moved to another town
Still own the other home (first time landlord)
Hospitalized for a bad viral infection
Got hit in the face with a flying bat (the animal)
Stress at work
So, I might be answering my own question. However, last week the fear was cancer. This week I suddenly spend every minute worrying I am going to lose my mind, hear voices, and go nuts. It’s a real fear. My wife is supportive, but does not know what goes on in the mind of a person with anxiety and OCD. Can I actually lose it from all that I went thru?
Aside from this, I am a very happy guy that loves life and I just want the demons to rest and my mind to be at peace. Thanks for listening.
Welcome to HealingWell. I don't think you are losing your mind but I do think you need to seek help from a professional. You may want to start with your PCP and receive a medical screening exam to rule out any medical issues.
From there I would ask you physician to refer you to a good therapist who can work with you.
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Welcome to HW. If I had a penny for every person who said "well you look okay!!"
You have a great deal on your plate right now, and maybe with some time to breath and recover your symptoms may lessen. You got hit by a bat? The living kind?
My general rule of thumb is that if you are worried about going crazy you are not. Truly delusional people do not know that their thought patterns are mixed up. If you can question yourself then you are okay. Try not to let the negative thinking get in the way of life. It will pass as it did before. And congrats on your first child!! If your wife doesn't understand your OCD, please know that many of us on this site DO. We are here to listen and support.
Hi there, and welcome!
By what you wrote, you've had many very recent HUGE changes in your life - somethingthat can trigger high anxiety with (what I call) runaway thoughts. Firstly, congrats on yournew child! Wow, that's awesome! Also, a lot of new responsibilities with the new child, newjob, just getting to know new people in your new environment.
I believe time will heal your anxiety and those meany runaway thoughts... just try to livein the present - write down things you're grateful for every day and focus on that, takesome slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. I do this andit's helped relieve anxiety almost immediately, after about the third deep breath. I say thewords "In", "Out", and "Pause" while I'm breathing which keeps me focused on just thosewords and my breath going in and out.
Sorry to hear you got hit in the head with a bat -- I hope it was an accident!!
You're totally going to be okay, just keep coming here whenever you need to to express, feeland be heard!