Has anyone else ever had this specific fear?
I have a fear that if I think about the way I sneeze I will cause my carotid artery to tear, causing a dissection which will ultimately lead to a stroke, causing brain damage. This fear is problematic because 1. I sneeze a lot. And everytime I sneeze I cannot help but think of my fear which causes me to feel some neck pain from every sneeze which I interpret to be the pain attendant to a dissection. 2. This fear has led me to research that revealed that carotid dissections can be cause by things as various as wrestling, painting a ceiling, whiplash, taking a shot of whiskey and almost everything else imaginable. This knowledge has a general scary effect on me. However, more complex is its anxiolytic effect. This knowledge makes me feel as though I ought not to worry, or that it is foolish to worry because a carotid dissection can be preceded by effectively anything. This knowledge however feeds into my fear by making me feel that these dissections are more common than I previously considered them to be.
To deal with this pervasive and virulent fear I consider the following idea. My cognitive behavioral therapy coach, my dad the surgeon, my friends, my mom and everyone else I have ever broached with ocd fears has always assured me that I will be alright. To date, my brain is fine. So, I figure that this is just another instance of me going crazy about nothing. Yet, the insidiousness of ocd is such that my previous thought holds little clout in the raging battle between rationality and irrationality. Has anyone else ever had this fear??