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Lots of irrational fears right now =/ - February 4th 2010, 07:41 PM

So I've always imagined what could go wrong in a situation but lately it's getting worse.

Like the other day I walking to my dad's house and a petrol truck drove past and I got really anxious thinking 'that could blow up'

I'm also petrified of being at my mum's house on my own all night in case someone breaks in. It disrupts my sleep because every noise I hear I have to go and check someone's not there. Sometimes if it gets really bad I'll have to sleep with a knife next to my bed in case someone does break in.

I think up the worst possible things that can happen in every situation I'm in and sometimes I imagine it all happening in my head.

I am going to the doctors about it in my half term but I'm not really sure how to explain anything to them. I'm not so good at telling people how I feel when it's in real life, especially people I don't know. So how do I go about describing how I feel without making myself feel too uncomfortable?
Also, I'm scared that the doctors will take my blood, does this sound like something they'd need to take blood tests for?


   
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Re: Lots of irrational fears right now =/ - February 4th 2010, 09:07 PM

In some ways, i go through something similar but mine is on a smaller-scale and it's mostly linked with OCD.
Anyway, i'm really proud of you for having the courage to book that doctor's appointment - this is the first step! The second is letting them know everything that's bothering you, in order for them to help you. Yes, it's really awkward and embarrassing but trust me the doctor will not laugh at you or look down upon you - the doctor sees cases like this every single day, and that is his/her job to provide you with medical care and to listen to your problems especially if they are affecting your health.

So try your best to tell them everything. Just know that after this, hopefully you will recieve the correct treatment and you will feel so much better for it and relieved knowing that all it takes is to tell somebody!

As for blood tests, they are usually taken if you show any physical symptoms for certain things, so i wouldn't worry too much.


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Re: Lots of irrational fears right now =/ - February 5th 2010, 12:27 AM

Hey Cara,

For me, this is completely OCD. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder, and can manifest itself in a lot of different ways. One of them is through obsessions, panicking about worst case scenarios, analyzing different things, getting "stuck" in the cycle of worrying, etc. So that's something to look into.

Either way, definitely a good idea to talk to someone about it. In terms of a blood test, I don't see why that would be necessary, not to worry! Just be honest--let them know how you're feeling, what you're thinking, etc. Give specific examples, like worrying at your mom's house, and just answer their questions honestly--they'll figure it out and ask you more questions if they're still not clear.

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Re: Lots of irrational fears right now =/ - February 6th 2010, 10:00 PM

I agree that you should talk to a professional. I've had these irrational fears and a therapist told me once: If you are imagining the worst case scenario then accept that as it is and then anything that happens that isn't the worst doesn't seem as bad.


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Re: Lots of irrational fears right now =/ - February 7th 2010, 01:00 AM

Hi Cara !!

Your symptoms are very similiar to mine so I would also say it is some form of anxiety disorder. ( I have been diagnosed with it) Getting the doctor appointment is definately a good move.
To help you not to feel unconfortable with the doctor, try writing down (in point form) what you want to tell him/her. I did that and it made it easier to tell him and it made sure I didn't miss anything.
Oh, I never had to take a bood test for this
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