Originally Posted by What About Bob?
Dr. Leo Marvin: What is it you are truly afraid of?
Bob Wiley: What if my heart stops beating?
What if I'm looking for a bathroom and can't find it, and...
...my bladder explodes.
I just watched this and sadly, I can relate a little to the Bob character:
* Fear of heart and such
* I don't like touching public areas [only bathrooms] with my hands and I use a hand towel to turn on the faucets and open door knobs
* I don't like elevators (no fear, just prefer to get some exercise rather than be lazy with an elevator, even 17 floors in NYC)
It's an okay film, but the truth is that there is such a thing as worrying too much. We all will die, and all our hearts will eventually stop. Some it doesn't seem to bother, some it makes them crazy.
I've gone through the fearful stuff (hit me hard at 19 and stayed with me until about 24), I've reached a point where I'm more accepting of death. I just don't want to be there when it happens.
I've had several trips to the ER in that 19 to 24 range which all were the result of me having anxiety attacks. Sometimes, it would be the result of caffeine, and sometimes, the result of me feeling something happening in my body and getting freaked out about it. I've realized that sometimes, it is my stomach stirring and I think it's my heart thumping strange.
My suggestion is to channel your concern about your body in to something to overpower those feelings. If you are in a location that allows you, let out some shouts, I find that trying to change your feeling to being angry (offensive) rather than scared (defensive) helps sometimes.
Also, try working out regularly, I found it extremely balancing. I joined a gym and would work out 3 to 4 nights a week and even though my heart would trip a bit, I was too exhausted to care! Regular exercise like that also helped me with my sleeping problems, I slept fully and woke up feeling great.