Armagedon Anxiety

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boo32
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 8/7/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
hi guys,
I hope you're all as well as you can be.
 
For some time now i have reverted back to an old fear i had years ago. I don't know how i got over it before but now it's back and i can't seem to shake it off.
 
I hope someone can tell me i'm not alone.....or maybe i am....here goes.
 
I have a deep fear of a world war or some kind of world stopping event where we're going to be transported Mad Max kind of a place, a breakdown in society or something.
 
It'll be back to the law of the land and whoever draws first wins, only the fittest will survive. I get panicky about army tanks pulling up outside, separating me from my husband and never seeing him again.
 
I feel the need to stash water, canned foods and camping epuipment etc,   i feel so silly even writhing this but it's a real fear and gets me worked up sometimes.
 
I try to keep myself fit and strong which is hard as i have chronic pain problems and have just injured myself again trying to work out so i'ii be able for battle.
 
Am i going mad or what.
boo
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most! But it has its advantages!
Fibro, spinal arthritis and all that goes with it.
GAD


stkitt
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   Posted 8/7/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Boo,

It feels to me like you are allowing your fears to rule.  When we let fear rule our lives, we miss out on opportunities.

Here are a few ways to face your fears and make them smaller then they truly are.

Write down your fears and how they affect your life. Writing down your fears is a powerful step in dealing with fears and anxiety and eventually managing them. Until you write them down, they are like so many vehicles in gridlock. Once you have them on paper, you can park some and move others, clearing a space for forward movement.

Start asking yourself questions.  How resaonable is this fear? Are you allowing the news media to influence your feelings of fear?  Try watching less CNN and more educational television.

Seek the company of supportive people and reduce contact with those who foster feelings of negativity and have a "fearful" approach to life.
You’re not alone, remember we all have fears but keep them in perspective and do not catastrophisize your fears. 

Health & Happiness,
Kitt


 

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Sunshine29
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   Posted 8/7/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Great advice Kitt :)

boo32
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 8/9/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
hi kitt,
thanks for the advice,
i know i'm not being rational,
i'm just depressed and not handling my pain very well anymore.
I know it'll pass if i just hang in there.
boo
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most! But it has its advantages!
Fibro, spinal arthritis and all that goes with it.
GAD


stkitt
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Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 8/9/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Boo,  ((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))  You will have good days ahead.  Just take in one step at a time.  We are all here to support you.

Kitt


 

Kitt,
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Anxiety/Panic, & Depression
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 8/9/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Try to avoid the zillions of movies out there about zombies invading or other disasters. It can create a "horror movie" in your mind that you play over and over. Try to focus on reality and the present. Feel better. Also, even if you are stocking a little food up for an "irrational" purpose, if it makes you feel better, do it. There could always be a storm or something where it comes in handy.
27 Year old married female.  Graduated law school this year and waiting for results of the bar exam.  Start a new job sometime in September.  Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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