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#1 Luna_


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Posted 06 December 2015 - 09:28 PM

Existential thoughts are so debilitating. I can be totally fine, have one thought zip through and all of a sudden i'm having a complete panic/freak out. It scares me to death! and lately I've been worried about something being medically wrong. But how can there be something medically wrong when I'm just having panic-inducing thoughts??


thoughts like : "why am i me?" " why am i here?" "why did i get this life?" and "what is all of this?" 

They send me into a panic attack or panic mode most of the time. I don't understand why this happens. It mainly happens when I'm alone or when I'm not busy. 


Whats your experience with these, and how do you cope with it? 


Honestly, i just want my quality of life back. and my happiness and ability to be alone and not be afraid. This is tough , guys.

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 12:35 AM

I feel you 100% on this. I think all of the thoughts you listed and more (had many panic attacks on them today ). Just accept the thoughts and let them pass. The more you focus on them the more they linger. It's hard at first to let them pass but it gets easier. Everything takes practice but you do improve.




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Posted 07 December 2015 - 04:05 AM

My method of handling existential thoughts is to acknowledge the absurdity of the question I am asking myself. It's odd that we question our own existence while in the phase of DP/DR, but we do, and we know that it's because of said disorder and this feeling of unreality - so I believe the best method to overcome them is to acknowledge that they are nothing more than an anxious mind searching for unattainable answers. Try to go beyond the initial worry that follows an existential thought - try to acknowledge that it's just an anxious mind doing what it does best; messing with you. Don't let it win.

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