I know this sounds dumb but I'm starting to develop anxiety about
smelling. I'm constantly feeling bloated and gassy, and I worry a lot that I'm letting bloopers loose. I just started a new job, and we had a staff meeting in this really confined spot. I don't have claustraphobia, but I started feeling really anxious because I felt like I might let one rip in the crowd. It was really hot in this room, and people were fanning themselves...suddenly I get it in my head that they're looking at me and blaming me...and I'm squeezing my butt cheeks so hard I think I'm going to burst. This meeting lasted an hour!
I think I do let loose more than my fair share of farts, but it's really beginning to affect my confidence. I hate people crowding in my personal space, and lately if anyone so much as sniffles around me I think they're accusing me of something.
Does anyone have any advice to give me to help out? It would be pretty wierd to go see a shrink about fear of smelling, but maybe I need to? I'm generally pretty friendly and outgoing, and most people are pleasant with me, but right now as my CD symptoms return (remicade postponed until a medical issue is sorted out) I'm finding I'm developing a "paranoia" of sorts about smelling. We're not allowed to use scents at work so I can't refresh my work area with a nice smelling spray.
Thanks for letting me rant,