My name is Robert and I am 26 years old. I suppose I have been having anxiety (specifically a fear of death from sickness) since I was about 15 years old when my father died after a liver transplant. It has crippled me every couple of years since and has been at it's worst the past year.
More specifically I have a fear of rabies which I link back to around the time I was 16 or 17 and saw a dead animal on the road and I was afraid I got something just by being in the area of the dead animal. I searched the internet for possible "animal diseases" and rabies came up. Ever sense then it was latched onto my anxiety issues and has caused to much stress in my life.
Recently I was walking out of a Gas Station and it felt like something hit my head, maybe water , maybe a rock, who knows? I touched my head and couldn't feel a liquid or find anything, but what is my first thought.... A bat must of spit on my head and now I have rabies. The funny part is I know how irrational that sounds, but rationality doesn't come into play with anxiety sometimes as I'm sure a lot of you know!
In the end I joined this site to express my problems and attempt to help others facing anxiety issues. A big thank you to whoever created this site and I look forward to talking to some of you!