Great Activity for fear of going crazy/psychotic

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   Posted 12/9/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this group, and my anxiety is usually a fear of going crazy, psychotic, being stuck in my mind, losing my mind etc. I am a social worker so I deal with this stuff all the time, but in some way it makes it harder because I am constantly using the analytical part of my brain. In talking to my therapist, he thinks that I have an active and creative mind and need to find more things that can be an outlet for the thoughts that I have. I also have fears of hurting those around me that I love. It is more that I am scared of having these thoughts, which, in turn causes me to have them! My girlfriend is afraid of this-I have talked to her about it a little, and she wants to know more, but even though I know that I am not capable of hurting her, I am still scared to talk to her about it...any advice?

Also, I wanted to share this activity I started doing recently for anxiety that might be helpful for some of you. So when I fear that I am going to go crazy, I look myself in the mirror and act out what going crazy would look like-I get paranoid worried etc, whatever that looks like for you. I do it for 5 seconds then stop. I repeat this 3-5 times. It is great because I see that I am not going crazy, and can shut this off when I want! I also do this with my obsessive harmful thoughts. I look in the mirror,get really angry and violent for several seconds then stop. It helps me realize that I AM IN CONTROL!!

Hope this helps.

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   Posted 12/9/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
...hi there and welcome to HW does sound like you have a fairly good idea of whats going on with you..seeing a therapist is a good step talking to others is as well imho...i am sure that yr gf would really appreciate knowing the whole truth perhaps she would not be so fear the unknown ya know.......i think we all try different things to get thru this dd and what works for you is the thing to do...have you tried CBT...There is a thread on here about it.....changing your thinking patterns does help.lp imho...stick around n post read other ppls posts..i am sure you will relate to so many....are you on meds at you dont hv to answer questions you are not comfy with..again a warm hw welcome to you......lyn

I also believe that you need to leave the worker work...but thats just my opinion....

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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 12/9/2009 9:05:43 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/9/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to the forum.  You had some great advice from Lyn and I would agree that CBT is a good option.  I have done CBT and did find it usfull let us know how you get on and keep posting you will find good support here and people who can relate to what you are going through.



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