Fear of going crazy once again.............worried sick

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worrier247
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   Posted 3/31/2007 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!  I haven't been on for a while, and the past couple of days, anxiety hit me head on again.  i have OCD (i haven't been diagnosed, but I fit the picture to a T), and now i'm worried, 'what if it's not that, what if i have schizoprenia or something?'  i've been through this worry before, and i'm not sure if it's because in the past week, a lot of financial issues have come my way and made me sick.  so i'm trying to believe that this fear comes from the anxiety i've been under lately.  the reason i have this fear, is because i was reading things on schizoprenia, and one of the symptoms is having bizarre worries.  i'm not sure now if my 'bizarre' worries are from OCD or something more??????
i've had this one worry lately that i know is absolutely ridiculous, and because i even had this thought, i'm worried.  it's a circle that won't stop.  i need some reassurance!!!  but then again, i know my worries sound ridiculous, so that's a good sign, right?  one of my biggest fears is going crazy, and this worry has wrecked the past couple of days for me, because i keep thinking what if???  is anyone else here like that??  i was one told on here, that if i was going crazy or had something like that, i wouldn't even worry about it because i wouldn't think i was crazy.  please respond as soon as possible, i need to feel better!!!

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   Posted 3/31/2007 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Worrier
YOU are not going crazy
I would really believe in my heart of hearts it is the ocd once again being brought on as bad due to all the problems ...financially and whatever else........

IMHO your thoughts are not bizarre really I do worry about alot of things as well but have done some major work in that area with the CBT and other tech's

Instead of thinking "What If......"
Try to think ...." It Wont or I Do Not " and " I Can Fight This ........
We are here for you

Yes it has been said you would not know IF you were going crazy and would not worry about it ....VERY TRUE

I would really suggest that you stop reading up on internet info about illnesses and symptoms

Be well
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worrier247
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   Posted 3/31/2007 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lyn!  Right before I read this i was in the middle of googling schizoprenia-i'm not going to do that now!  i'll just wreck my day because i will probably work myself into symptoms!  i'm going to try very hard to put this in the back of my head, but have you had bizarre over the top worries that really make no sense and are impossible, yet it crosses your mind still???  i guess it is just other anxieties that bring this on......

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   Posted 3/31/2007 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I have my friend and it is from the A/P imho.......
So many worries will bring on many other things we dont need ya know

BTW**please dont google Schizophrenia ......I think even though I am not a doctor ......it is safe to say you do not have this Disorder
There are way to many more SERIOUS symptoms for this DX

I had some ppl with this at my Retirement home and they were definitely S and they heard voices ( not theirs) ......hallucinated and were ( most) paranoid of everything and everyone going to hurt them ...as far as even the staff putting poison in their food /and had many other serious problems with their minds ....

Go rest and NO more symptom googling please .......Take care my friend ......this too shall pass

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worrier247
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   Posted 3/31/2007 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
that makes me feel better!  but one thing that worried me that you mentioned, is that a few years ago on the news, there was a story of a couple families where someone broke into their homes and put poison in the juice, and a few of the members died.  if i ever leave a bottle of water in my car, and have left the door unlocked, that thought crosses my mind, even though i know it's far fetched.  that's not a symptom is it??!!!!!  and sometimes tat has even worried me.  oh god, i hope i'm ok

worrier247
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   Posted 3/31/2007 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
but then again that is probably just one of my many obsessions.  i'm sure that if i was, it would be visible to people, and that i wouldn't notice, right? because i do not feel like anyone is out to get me.  i think i'm being ridiculous!!  but sometimes it's hard to stop the worry

worrier247
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   Posted 3/31/2007 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I ended up checking up briefly on the internet about S.  i didn't read too much, i didn't want to get myself worked up, but i'm not delusional, i understand my worries are ridiculous, i don't have hallucinations, so Lyn, i know that it's just something that will pass (the worry that is) like you said.  i just wish i could stop thinking about it, and get on with my day/life.  it helps talking to people that understand and have been through the same worries themselves. 
 
 

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   Posted 3/31/2007 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
To be schizophrenic you have to hear voices, and i'm not talking voices like thoughts, but voices as clear as you can hear music. And seeing things that are not real. Panic and anxiety gives the feeling you're going crazy because you less yourself, less in control of your mind, but you are not! Simply being afraid of going crazy is a proof you're aware of everything going on in your mind. I'm no expert here, just a guy who's been through that. When you get a break and feel better, you'll see you are still yourself, and still fully in control of yourself.

Anxiety is mainly fear and worrying. It's normal to have weird thoughts, to worry about anything from A to Z. It's also normal to try to bury your scary thoughts even if it's hard or seems impossible. Try to set your mind off of it by doing something, hanging with people or simply chatting on the net. Sure the thoughts will still be there, but your mind can only be focused for one thing at a time.

Talk about it to a proffessional. I thought no one would ever understand what was going on in my mind, that i'd live alone with this forever. But no! most people have been through this, health professionals are used to dealing with it. For me talking about my fears made them less real. Seek help, you're not alone! And you will get better! The worst thing to do is to stay alone in a room staring at anxiety.

Trust me, you'll get better.

worrier247
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   Posted 3/31/2007 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your input!!  Even though it's a horrible thing to go through, it helps so much knowing that others are going and have been through it too.  i was reading past posts here, and this type of topic has been brought up a few times, which also made me feel better.  i'm going to try and keep my mind off of these things, i know it will be hard, but i have to do it.
 
thank you so much once again

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   Posted 4/1/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I had posted that to Worrier FT and you are totally spot on.....

Worrier sorry I had not replied til just now but crohns and PG is acting up
YOU are not S you have the OCD about Health Anxiety IMHO and most of us do but you my friend worry about it quite obsessively

I would really suggest you stop looking up the symtoms of S and other Illnesses as you are fine you have OCD and that too can be helped with CBT and reading up on how to work thru it ......
Email me if you need to talk okay or add me to your msn
I will be on msn a bit more this week as I ahve been just doing threads and getting off but I miss all my "family" from HW that I talk to usually daily......

Please know I (we) are here for you ........
Thanks for your great input FT

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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 4/2/2007 5:00:53 PM (GMT-6)


worrier247
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   Posted 4/1/2007 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lyn!!  i know i go over the top and beyond with my worrying, i'm a bit more calm now, however, i'm trying to shake it out of my head and enjoy life!
i will add you to my msn, i would love to talk to you more! 

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   Posted 4/2/2007 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear I will for sure be watching for ya k
I have a couple of appointments today but will be on later this afternoon hope to yak then

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/2/2007 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
As is other ppl .....
Worrier I was gone most of day Cait has strep thraot and viral infection in chest not good ......But hopefully I will see ya on tomorrow
Take care
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grangerlou
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   Posted 4/2/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
i agree, if you were schizophrenic you probably wouldn't be looking up the symptoms and you wouldn't think you were crazy - you'd think everyone else is crazy...as for the juice thing, i get that way too....if i hear a particular story it sticks with me and i worry that it could happen to me. it's just another fear we have and have to work through with techniques like CBT, etc ...i'm not a doctor but have worked in a psychiatric ward and can tell you imho that you're going to be ok. i know it's been said already, but great advice is that if you're sane enough to worry about going crazy - it's just your anxiety acting out. it's so hard and easier said than done, but stay strong and positive!

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   Posted 4/2/2007 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Well i am new here i suffer from extreme panic attacks and agoraphobia i have issues of leving my house or goin anywhere for that matter all my friends have given up on me thinking i dont twanna hang out with them anymore i dont know what to do i think every ache and pain i have is deadly or im always worrying im having a heart attack even though i have had 2 echocardiograms 3 stress tests was admitted to the best cardio hospital in my area for 5 days had ekg's every 8 hours and heart enzyme tests every 8 hours why cant i understand that i am ok? This panic stuff is eally getting to me and the agoraphobia as well i have thoughts of me never getting better and thats something i cannot deal with i have had it for 5 moinths and im about to go bizerk i often have thoughts of ending it all but i know i will never act on that thought but the thought is still there can anyone help me over come this disorder.? 
But on my reply to the person who thinks they are goin crazy the true fact of someone thats crazy DOESNT know their crazy the people who think they are crazy are not so in otherwords if u was crazy you would not feel the feeling of bein crazy its hard to explain but its true a crazy person doesnt know they are crazy ..

worrier247
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   Posted 4/3/2007 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!!!!   thank you so much for all the responses.  you all really did make me feel better!  i haven't worried too much about it today!!  you have no idea how good you have made me feel!
 
Lyn, I wasn't able to make it on this afternoon like I wanted to be!  because i just started my new job not too long ago, i didn't want to sign on to instant message!!!!  normally i'm on for a bit in the evening, so i hope to catch you then!
 
Once again, thank you everyone for calming my nerves!!  until next time................lol, (hope i don't go through this worry again!!)
 
 

Jana042
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   Posted 4/5/2007 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

First, I want to say that I do not think that you are schizophrenic Worrier.

I do want to clear up a little of the misconceptions that I'm seeing regarding schizophrenia though. It is not true that you have to hear voices or music or noises in order to be schizophrenic. Hearing things and/or seeing things are just one of the symptoms of schizophrenia - hallucinations. Many people with schizophrenia are simply delusional. This does not mean that they have to have hallucinations, although they might, it just means that their perception of reality is altered. For example, they may see a person crossing the street towards you, getting in their car after you, and following you to the light. This actually happened - their was no hallucination. However, a schizophrenic may feel that this person is following them or something similar. Again, there was no hallucination, just an altered perception of reality.

There are also some schizophrenics that are neither delusional or hallucinatory. They may be introverted, incoherent, or in a catatonic like state - perhaps simply withdrawn and showing little emotion. These cases are much harder to diagnose...yeah, kind of obvious I know. eyes

It is also not true that a schizophrenic cannot see the symptoms in themselves. My father is a schizophrenic. He identified the symptoms in himself and sought care. He is a college graduate with a degree in mathematics and a highly successful career. He suffered from delusions all the time and a few hallucinations, yet was still able to recognize that it was not reality. Most people with delusions or hallucinations aren't as lucky though.

There are many informative websites on schizophrenia out there and I really don't see that much of a problem with educating yourself regarding mental conditions, particularly if you suffer from one already. I suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, depression, and OCD - all diagnosed. I've often wondered if I am schizophrenic myself, but through education I've pretty much convinced myself that I'm not. If you're up to it, go through some medical journals, they often contain very interesting facts - although there are so many conflicting facts that it can be difficult to discern the truth.

One other fact regarding schizophrenia is that there appears to be a genetic factor involved, according to wikipedia as high as 80%, but I didn't check where they got that source from.

Well, I didn't plan on this as an introduction to the anxiety forums, but there ya have it.

For clarity, I am not a doctor, nurse, or member of any other medical field. I'm a mathematician like my Dad tongue and hopefully not schizophrenic.

PS - I went through the same thing as you worrier. I was convinced I was schizophrenic. Heck, I still think I am on occasion, but at least I know what to look for now.

Post Edited (Jana042) : 4/5/2007 1:04:26 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 4/5/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
MY BROTHER IS ..AND MY GOOD FRIEND AND SHE TOLD ME THE SAME THING ....that she thought people were following her and she also became house bound...and was afraid to leave her house...she is on some kind of shot she gets once a month and she is fine as long as she takes the meds.....as for my brother ..he refuses all meds and is a hermit so to speak....keeps to himself and never held a job etc.....I worry that I have it too ...I always think people are following me and go to great lengths to shake them....also I would not drink anything I left in my car unattended.....so who knows...maybe we all have it....LOL

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   Posted 4/5/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not believe worrier has it nor many other ppl .......
I am quite positive it is another "gift of the A/P

S presents way differntly than those with A/P
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   Posted 4/5/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the great and accurate input MS
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worrier247
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   Posted 4/6/2007 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone!  That makes it clear, and i believe i am over reacting, but i can't help it!!!
I know that i'm putting this stress on myself, as there's no need for me to even feel this way!!
I do feel better though!
 
Everyone here is wonderful!  Thank God for this website!

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   Posted 4/7/2007 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Ditto to that statement MS.......
I am a firm believer in CBT

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