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Offline PennyPanic

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Confession:  I have this fear that if I don't worry....bad things will happen.  I do realize intellectually that that makes no sense.  I get that.   But I still have this irrational fear or not worrying.  Sigh...
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Offline vardnas

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I can relate to this. I think it stems back to a need for control, or at least feeling like you're in control, right? If you're vigilant about something, then you can control its outcome (not true), and perpetuating worry is one way to stay vigilant.

This is very common amongst anxious types, and something I need to remind myself all the time doesn't work.
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Offline Natsab87

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I can totally relate to that as I am the same! It's like if I worry all the time, then I won't be shocked when something bad happens, if I don't worry it might sneak up on me! In reality... if something is going to happen, it will happen regardless!!
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I totally relate!! This us a huge OCD of mine. It also hinders my progress of working through my anxiety.
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Same thing! I always think that if I allow myself not to worry, let my guard down, and just be "happy", that bad ***** will just happen.
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This is something I think I have had for a long time. Much longer than I have had health anxiety. I used to worry that I wasn't worried about exams when I was at school. It's horrible because thinking this way means you can never relax ever. Horrid.
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yes! jessica ortner has great tapping on this. if i didn't feel sick from ct scans over the summer i might feel reassured by her.
im afraid i have cancer and keep looking into it (control) but i don't have any control at this point..
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Offline gvjaguar

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I actually share this same worry and I'm pretty sure it stems from my bad OCD when I was younger. I thought that if I didn't worry and perform specific actions (such as keeping the volume on the TV at an even interval, bad things would happen. Although its not as bad now that I'm older, I still feel certain things have to be a certain way, and if I don't constantly worry, something bad will happen.
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