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I've posted this elsewhere before. For me, it's the best way to end the obsession.

Most people here, like myself, on the one hand have an intense fear of developing schizophrenia, and on the other know that they won't.

However consistently reminding yourself that you're not insane does little to help matters, in fact it often just intensifies your fear, your constant affirmations of your sanity only serving to reinforce the view in your mind that schizophrenia's such a "big, bad" problem.

Sure, you might rationally know you're not gonna go mad, but your still scared stiff by the possibility.

So what you need to do is lessen the fear itself instead of just avoiding it.

The best way I've found to do this is to diminish the perceived severity of the problem. Say to yourself - even if you may not really, at first, believe it - "schizophrenia wouldn't be so bad - you can lead a normal life with it on meds", or "I wouldn't really mind having it, actually - I wouldn't be aware in any case".

You may not, right now, "want" to think like this. In my own case, I even harbored feelings that I'd tempt fate and "make" myself schizo by thinking in this way. In the long run, however, at least for me, it's greatly helped, and allows me to forget the problem entirely.

I've even got to the stage where I think it will be kind of amusing going schizoprenic. Of course, it wouldn't be at all, but thinking this way stops me from dwelling on it.

Diminish the fear and you learn to forget and move on. Give it a try.
 
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For Tau and Cynthia and Ken:

The only way for YOU to effectively combat the fear of schizophrenia is to never open any thread that contains the word "schizophrenia"

I'm SERIOUS!
big hug,
Janine
 
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When I don't have the fear of schizo (which happens less often),
I have the fear to have DP/DR for the rest of my life, and no amount of reassurance can destroy my fear :( I always have the fear to be stuck with it, and be unhappy for the rest of my life.

mmmm. yeah and also that doctors tells me it's a form of schizo..... :shock:

I think I am not cured yet.

C xxx
 

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Here's a hammer, Cynthia, so you can just smash the hell out of that "schizophrenic" looking avatar above you. :twisted:

i do hope time helps all of you settle down from these severe, awfulizing thoughts.

"...look at me, i am old, but i'm happy." cat stevens.

you can only keep up this pace of upsetting yourself until you just stop because you just grow tired of being so upset. ya know, maybe not happy, happy...but able to enjoy to a greater depth.

wishing all a better day.
terri*
 
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thanks Terri.

I do hope those horrible fears will go away one day. But for that I would have to have a lobotomy.... like having no memory of the last 2 years! :p

C xxx
 

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...and there you have it.

ummmm...where do you sign up for the lobotomy? i've brought a pen. anyone else care for one today?

(not really, of course...i think :wink: )
 

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I was kidding! You know, :lol: But I could use a lobotomy, maybe the old fashioned way where they stick a needle through your eye. About the fear of going insane, I had that for ten years before dp, now I think this is how far it'll go for me. But it's a terrible fear.
 

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To all of you who are having a serious problem with your worries of schizophrenia...I think now you should add the serious problem Maria brought up about the "old fashioned way where they stick a needle though your eye."

Holy Sh$t!! What the heck's up with that ??? :shock: :shock: :shock:

Now, that my friends is something to worry about. Jezzz Louise. :shock:

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....lol Janine you crack me up. I am being good, I promise =) * sits on clicking hand
 
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