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How do you deal with fear?


#1

I’m scared and nervous for no reason tonight after getting really sad for a little while. There is nothing here to be afraid of. I’m not hallucinating, no delusions, why am I scared? Does this ever happen to you? What are somethings that help you?
My doctor isn’t back in till this coming Monday. I just have to handle it till he is.


#2

I have this happen quite a lot. I do anything I can to keep my mind occupied such as reading. I also use something my therapist taught me which is watch or do something opposite of the negative feeling. So when I am sad I watch comedy and when I am scared or paranoid I watch comforting things like childhood cartoons. This is what helps me sometimes, I hope it can help you too.


#3

Thank you! Did your therapist talk about writing or drawing? My therapist isn’t very helpful with stuff like that. Really she is there to see if I am going manic, depressed, ect. without noticing it and helping me solve problems.
Would you recommend funny cats or writing?


#4

I think sometimes the absence of mind noise or the silence leaves us feeling a little lonely and anxious. I think the fear is related to feeling alone within our circumstances and a conscious or unconscious acknowledgement that although its quiet in our minds we are still ill


#5

I do use drawing and painting along with playing guitar and reading to occupy my mind. When I watch comedy when I am sad it is usually YouTube with funny animals or news bloopers.


#6

That is really beautiful.


#7

That was very eloquent and exactly how it happens to me. I get worse when I’m alone. My mind races, the worst case scenario plays out, I get paranoid, I get lonely. I hate being completely alone. When I get like this, I do call someone just so I can feel like I’m not alone.


#8

Hi onceapoet, I get frightened or scared frequently, for no reason. I do pick up some paper, pens, crayons, whatever and Ill start to draw. Expressing myself helps a bit. I also take extra of my benzo if needed


#9

Yes i was experiencing fear for no reason, during that time i was thinking why i feel fear, there is absolutely no reason to feel fear. And than when i reduced the dose of my med, the fear went away. When i up the dose fear comes back, i found the solution in reducing the dose of my med.


#10

love this post! I overcame lots of my fears through weightlifting. I am now into powerlifting, which is a competitive sport, but i have schedule conflicts this semester and am just training on my own with a couple of trainers at my gym, not the gym’s competitive team, which I will be joining first thing this summer after exams. I felt fear today- I got under the bar, unracked it, and had to put it back. then one of the trainers said “look at the bar and go again”

I looked at the bar and decided that I wasnt afraid of 350lbs. I then unracked it, stepped back, and squatted it three times. Im in the lightest weight class (165lbs) so the weights look bigger to my five and a half foot tall body.

I face social situations, college, just life in general knowing that I am literally stronger than the challenges that a day holds. When its time to write a paper or study for an exam or hop from class to class cramming my head full of information, I just feel glad to not have well over twice my weight on my shoulders and my ass below my knees


#11

I do have that as well, they call it paranoia, it’s consistent with SZ, I do have it when I stay up at night alone, I start panicking and if it continues on; I get delusional a little, as a reasonable response to a non existent fear ! “what is going on, this might be my sixth sense signalling me that I’m in danger” and so on…When do you usually get paranoid?


#12

At night thank goodness. I don’t know what I would do if I started freaking out in class. I know all my professors (well ok I wouldn’t mind making one of them mad) but the rest I want to keep happy. I work for a couple of them as well so I REALLY want to keep them happy, so I would probably avoid just walking out of class unless I am about to scream. Just straight walking out of a class usually doesn’t go over well.
Unfortunately (kinda) the Latuda doesn’t make me sleepy like the Geodon did. So I can be up till 11pm and up again at 8 am ok. I don’t really feel sleepy till 11pm… so I’m just sitting there. Anxious. Thank goodness it isn’t getting as bad as it has a couple of times now.


#13

Sometimes you have to just go through the fear, take your meds. tell others you are afraid, make yourself feel safe and secure, call a friend and talk. And if so pray. Maybe have another person with you during this troublesome time.
Was a time was so afraid that something bad would happen to me that i left all the lights in my room and the tv and asked a friend to stay with me. He said nothing bad was going to happen. I eventually fell asleep.