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Old 04-18-2007, 02:08 PM   #1
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obsession that something bad will happen to kids or myself?

i have what i believe is pure ocd where i just have these constant thoughts and i have high anxiety and panic disorder because of it. i have extreme health anxeity. i fear i will get ms or heart attack or cancer or brain tumor or stroke or bad disease or will just fall over and die. i am a nurse and can't even work in nursing field because being around all the medical things makes my anxiety worse. my biggest fear is something will bad happen to my kids. i am constantly having thoughts in my head or in my head seeing bad things happening to them. i am worried they may fall in a pool and drown or may get kidnapped, raped, murdered, in a wreck, ran over, get a bad disease. of course when i watch news and see all this bad stuff that goes on it triggers it. i know i would never hurt anyone but the ocd makes me then start thinking could i do something like that even though i never would. why does ocd make me constantly worry if i will do something bad when i know i want. i have heard people say you worry about things you fear the most and i think that is what is going on does anyone know?

 
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Re: obsession that something bad will happen to kids or myself?

I could have written the first half of your post. I, too, have extreme anxiety over healt issues. As soon I have a headache, I am convinced it is brain tumor, as soon as I have any kind of pain I think it is cancer, ms, als or some other horrible disease. I have kids and like you, worry constantly that they'll get cancer, get kidnapped, lose limbs and just name it. the list is long. This constant anxiety is totally wearing me down. I have no real reason to worry constantly, but I do. I feel like an emotional wreck a lot of the time. As a matter of fact, I considered not even having kids because of this anxiety. I knew that if I panick so much about my own health, I would panick about their too. At the moment I have sore throat, I've had it for a while and am tormenting myself, thinking it is throat cancer. Tomorrow I am supposed to se an ent specialist. I am totally at the end of my riope.

 
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Re: obsession that something bad will happen to kids or myself?

that sounds exactly like me thank goodness i am not alone. the thing is my anxiety has been magnified since i had kids. i really was not like this before. i have 3 kids and it has gotten worse after i had each child. i too have a sore throat that is strange. i have alot of sinus problems i guess that is why i have not obsessed about mine yet. it is wearing me down too. i feeel mentally drained at times. i feel foggy like i can't think straight because of worrying. mine kind of comes and goes but is always there just gets worse at different times. is there anything you have done to make this better?

 
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Re: obsession that something bad will happen to kids or myself?

I have this to an extent and Dr's have always said it is a form of depression, but I don't listen to much of what they say anymore since their only response is to dope me up. I too am a Mother and sometimes think my worrysome thoughts go beyond what is considered normal when she is traveling with the basketball team and things. I blame this on the News I watch.

I have more problems when I watch too much News but I am fine when I limit my News intake. (I know that sounds goofy) It is all about obsessing on it.

Really, think about it, there is NEVER anything upbeat and positive in the News, it is always gloom and doom, and I swear on the days no gloom and doom is happening they dig even deeper to find something awful to do a special "what if" report to make us fearful of.

I read a happy book, or watch a funny movie or just take a walk. The less I am hooked up to the TV the better off I am.
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Re: obsession that something bad will happen to kids or myself?

I too share these worries. I've had migraines all my life, but before I discovered prescription medication for them, I used to be sure I had a brain tumor by the later half of the second day. The headaches always lasted 3 days, but I would still be sure it was cancer on the second day.

And yes, with each of my 3 kids, the anxiety got worse. And no wonder. As an experienced mother, I was more acutely aware of the dangers in the world. When my last child was born in 1989, there were 4 cases of Whooping Cough on our block.

The things that have helped me are prayer, medication (especially risperdal), and cognitive behavioral therapy.

 
Old 04-20-2007, 01:12 PM   #6
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Re: obsession that something bad will happen to kids or myself?

I suffer from many of the same things you all describe. I second the comment about risperdal. That one medication has helped me more than anything else I have taken. Results are pretty quick unlike ssri's etc..

 
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does the risperdal make you sleepy? i have been given ativan only 0.5 mg and it makes me very sleepy. it works wonders but knocks me out and i can't always be knocked out.

 
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risperdal doesn't "knock you out" the way some meds do. But it does cause me to drive home (eight tenths of a mile) from work at lunch to take a nap on a lot of days.

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Valium is the only thing that has helped me. But, that also makes me tired and wanting to sleep a lot. I have done some therapy, but still have all my obsessive thoughts. This is affecting my physical health and then the obsession becomes worse since I then on top of everything else, am convinced I have cancer. I've had sore throat for over 6 weeks. I was convinced it is throat cancer and with huge anxiety went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist. While he was examining me I started to cry. I was so overwhelmed with anxiety and fear of what he may find. He told me that I have acid reflux and that it is most likely caused by stress. He also prescribed valium since he saw that I am an emotional wreck.
I cry often when I go to the doctor because each time I think that I'll hear something dreadful. I am so worn down. Sometimes I wish I could just sleep and not have to get up from bed.

 
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Re: obsession that something bad will happen to kids or myself?

Nelli, you might want to seek a second opinion from a mental health professional. Valium is a drug that was used extensively in the 70's, 80's, and into the 90's. While Valium may possibly be just the right medication for you, there are other medications available now that might not have been when your ENT doctor last studied mental health.

 
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