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Paralyzing Fear

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I am completely paralyzed by fear lately. I am afraid of everything. Everything I see or hear scares me. I am constantly in fight or flight mode and can feel adrenaline coursing through my body. I feel like I am in a closet looking through a peephole watching a murderer walk closer and closer, and just knowing he's going to open the door and kill me. This is pure, primal fear. Xanax alleviates it for a short time but then it comes right back. It is the most terrifying and debilitating feeling I can imagine. Obviously when I feel like this my dpdr intensifies greatly, leading to a feeling like I'm going crazy which makes me feel even more afraid. I just finished tapering off of effexor, could this be why? Everything in me just wants to run to the hospital but I know they can't help me. It is so disheartening to know there's nowhere you can go for help. Have any of you dealt with this feeling? I have tried meditation but it scares me, exercise scares me, talking to other people scared me. I look at my dog whom I love so much and I'm just filled with fear. I can't live like this. To be honest I would do anything to make it stop. Please help.
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Hi Lulu. I'm sorry, you sound in a real bad way right now. In the past year I've suffered similarly. I would feel panic and fear when talking about anything reality related. I couldnt engage in my old interests because the topic of history would freak me out because of its time element. The cosmos would freak me out existentially. The ocean, heights, memes. Everything terrified me, its a horrible state of mind. The best advice i recieved was to just sit with the fear and truly feel it. it's just bad energy that needs releasing and when you feel it it's done. Ive recently started to get alot better.

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