fear of going crazy/depresses

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   Posted 11/15/2006 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
hey guys, i havent been coming to this forum for a while cus i thought i was doing better. but lately, ive been having the fear of going crazy one day, like having to end up in a mental hospital or become depressed or even suicidal...its a really scary thought.  it feels so funny...i dont know what to do...i just found out that my family and i are moving out of the house i lived in for the past 15 years...its so surreal.  have you guys ever experienced this fear before? if so, how do you make it go away?

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   Posted 11/15/2006 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the fear of going crazy, but keep in mind, I've never heard of a case where someone with anxiety/panic disorder ended up actually going crazy.

We just fear it so much because the panic is so crazy to experience, and it's awful, and we just want to feel like normal people.

How do I personally make it go away..... deep breathes... I pet my dog... and think to myself... if I were going crazy, and acted like I was crazy, I wouldn't even realize it. I also try to distract myself with hobbies like painting or writing or listening to music or just stretching out and doing a little exercise.

Most crazy people don't know they're crazy. You're not going crazy hon, you're just having a bad few weeks. *HUGGGGGGS*

I've not been doing so good lately either, so I'm here for you and we're all here for you! :)

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   Posted 11/16/2006 1:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I understand this fear...and sometimes when anxiety is at it's worst we feel like a real 'friut-loop", but as you know, with the right care and attention we do recover - thank goodness lol.
Do whatever you did last time you were unwell..you know it works :)
This is just a little setback..Twiggy has given brilliant advice..

Take good care.

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   Posted 11/16/2006 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
nikool, i understand this fear too, i had to move out of my house i had for 13 years and was given 10 days to find a new place for me and my kids, but it was so very scarey. I think at times we all think we may be going crazy, but we can get better, i agree with twiggy, find something that calms you, breathing exercises are a big help, meditation helps me also. I hate that this is happening to you, but you can do it ;) keep us posted
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   Posted 11/16/2006 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I can relate to all of you! i've been having bad anxiety for the past couple months. a few weeks ago, i felt almost 100% better, then i went through a move, etc. and it all came back. I get so stressed out and think of scary things, that makes me feel even worse. I've had that fear lately of going crazy, but it's true, crazy people don't realize it. I once read it you're worried about going crazy that's a good sign! (believe it or not!) I work downtown and on my lunch break I see a lot of crazy people, without a care in the world because they are completely oblivious. I should take my own advice, because i still worry about it! i have noticed though that coming on here makes me feel better, because i see i'm not the only one with these worries!

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   Posted 11/16/2006 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I experienced this a long time ago and know how daunting it can be. But rest assured if you are not crazy yet you will never be crazy. A very good friend of mine came down with schozophrenia, and he simply doesnt get anxious about, is graduating college this semester, and has no plans of checking into a mental insituition. I guess the point im trying to make is that mental states are what you make of them, you may see things from a different perspective but you should try and embrace it rather then fight them.

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   Posted 11/16/2006 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   


When you have Panic/Anxiety Disorder, you are also subject to having "psychotic" thoughts.  They are crazy, off the wall things that enter your brain, but rationally, you know that they are not real, not things that would happen or that you would actually do.  Risperdol is a medication that I have taken when these "psychotic" thoughts become prevalent, even though I know that they are irrational.  I have learned to recognize them.  Often I get the thought to slice open my wrists to release the blood pressure when I get a bad migraine.  I know its just a crazy urge, but I don't actually consider completing the act.  It's totally not suicidal or a wish to die, it's more like the thought of opening a pressure value.  You might want to check with your doctor to see if this medication would be helpful to you on a trial basis.

Good Luck,

Leigh Ann cool

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