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Help with Thanatophobia

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  • Posted By: Son of Axeman
  • December 19, 2006
  • 01:09 AM

I'm posting this on behalf of my sister. I'm starting to be worried.

My sister and I share everything. She is an exceptionally bright 13-year old, and I am 18. She cries a lot, almost randomly. She eventually told me that she can't spend a second not thinking about anything, because when she does it, she gets a terrible fear of death. Her heart rate goes up, she cries, and it's interfereing with her life. I wanted to know if anyone knew of any resources I could use to help her with this. It's really starting to worry me.

Thanks, all.

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  • Get her to a doctor, she has anxiety and she needs to be on an antidepressant.
    jcjjjs 14 Replies
    • December 27, 2006
    • 01:55 AM
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  • :) I suffer from crying spells from time to time and i have been diagnosed with and anxiety disorder. I would think about death and how scared I would be when that time came. What may be good for her is maybe talking to someone like a minister or a consuelor about this issue. Instead of seeking meds as a first alternative, Maybe something has happened or has there been a death in the family or maybe a close friend. There are so many resources out there that are availble for you and your sister. Try ask.com and put in crying spells or anxiety. Hopefully that will help!! Good Luck.:)
    Krissy81 2 Replies
    • December 27, 2006
    • 02:13 AM
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  • I know how your poor little sis feels. I've had those kind of attacks since I was 7. Now I'm 16-17. Hope she finds a way to help herself feel better. :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 27, 2006
    • 02:20 AM
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  • it is reasonable and natural to fear death.but this has gone too far.eliminate the possibilitythat there is some physical problem that she is unconsciously apprehending.the unconscious can do this.she needs agood check over.if all is well ,treat as anxiety.i agree that drugs should not be the first option it is our thouhgts that generate our feelings.thoughts are easy to control relatively speaking,the feelings that grow from them may be difficult.this is not the only answer of course ,but it is an approach that can do little harm ,and that a non professionalcan put into action quite quickly.get hold of a copy of "rational emotive therapy"by albert ellis,you will probably have to ask the library to reserve it for you.it is her beliefs that are causing the problem.it is her beliefs that need to be revised.ellis willshow you how.it is not difficult.in the meantime she should not be left alone,and the deal should be that it is the healthy persons thoughts and feelings that are correct and reliable ,not hers. cheerup .if there were more thanatophobes there would not be so many suicides!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 01:01 PM
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  • I've checked, and there's nothing physically wrong with her, I'm trying to get her to see a psychologist, but she;s reluctant (we aren't the richest of families). RE: Drugs: Neither I nor she want her to be on antidepressants. The problem can be dealt with without drugs, I'm confident.
    Son of Axeman 5 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 11:13 PM
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  • a library ticket is usually free.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2006
    • 00:14 AM
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  • ive also had this problem for a long time, about 4 or so year i think , sometimes i just cant sleep because of it , i start thinking about it and i cant stop so i have to get up and watch tv, its not realy death itself that scares me its what happens afterwards, will i just dissapear, do we get reborn? if so then ill lose all my memories and those are very precious to me, and if there is a heaven, it doesnt seem like the kinda life i want, day after day of doing whatever i want for eternity seems like it would get boring fast, only so much you can do you know? i hope this might help in some ways, i know i have anxeity and i do have panic attacks , thanatophobia caused my first panic attack, what your sister might be doing is having minor panic attacks. i hope i helped in a way, and it did help me to finaly tell somone, i dont talk to people aabout my problems often. sorry if i typed to much .ovhan1@yahoo.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 25, 2009
    • 06:35 PM
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