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Re: How to stop constant fear, worry and rumination? pinkeye

Posted by JenStar on May 22, 2005, at 13:18:54

In reply to How to stop constant fear, worry and rumination?, posted by pinkeye on May 19, 2005, at 14:13:37

you just listed out my life! I am the SAME way. I am a chronic worrier. I worry that every twitch means MS or Lou Gehrig's disease; headaches naturally mean stroke or brain tumor; blurry vision is not "eye goobers" but rather rare blinding diseases. I have heart problems, fertility problems, and 50 kinds of cancer on a routine basis (in my head.) Ironically, although I do have SOME real issues, most of them are imagined. But that does not change the intense worry, fear, and agonizing that accompany each one. I'm sure that I'm shortening my life span with such excessive worrying!

I wish I had advice. For me, I seem to do better when I'm busy - working, doing fun hobbies, spending time with family. Not busy to the point of extreme stress, but busy to the point where I get involved and intent on something other than my health. Things that involve concentation seem to help - reading, interpreting, thinking, etc. Talking to friends and going out on a regular basis, as well as working out / exercise daily, seem to help a LOT. I think exercise really helps me!

I have accepted the fact that I'm just a worrier, although that sounds a lot more benign than it really is.

Do you exercise? Have hobbies?

Of course, I"m now taking Lex 10 mg/day and occasional Xanax to help deal with the anxiety, too. Not sure that's working.





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