Helping a loved one with Anxiety and Death thoughts

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I have a son who thinks he is going to die young and is causing him axiety everyday it is litterally spoiling his life, He is fit and healthy other than this as he plays sports. The thing is this, I need to help him get over this and I need help with technics to make him well again. Any suggestions that helped you overcome this feeling of death would be much appreciated thank you, P.s. He has seen the doctor and all is well.

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    Hi

    The fact he thinks he is going to die young is really a sign of an anxiety disorder in its self. There may be a deep underlying cause for this, maybe something that has happened in his past, death of a family member etc which could be helped by therapy. The other thing you can do to take away the fear of death, is maybe getting him books on the after life, It may sound silly but if he see's death as not being so final, the fear goes and so will his anxiety. The other thing it could be is a little bit of ocd (obsession) but just a pure obsession, that means In his mind with no outward compulsions. That would be a little harder, where as you would need therapy with maybe CBT.

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    Take him for cbt cognitve behavioral therapy therapy so he understand whats going on and if you can find a therapist who does bio feedback it will teach him to properly breathe. He needs to understand whats is going on so it doesnt end up one Big mess and gets mixed with depression in the future. Please Do not yell at him, insult him or dismiss what he is saying, anxiety feels very real and the body sends out adrenaline so he truly feels uncomfortable and it most likely scares him and is very fristrating. It is manageable if you can teach proper breathing using his belly and cbt or bio feedback. He needs to steer clear of alcohol and or smkoing anything it will heaighten what he is feeling or thinking and make it worse. 
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    How old is he?

    Do you know what triggered his anxiety?

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    You are so right. He does need the help of such a loving & supportive mum. It's amazing that he has confided in you & that you are taking him seriously. He just needs a counsellor - CBT is great. Try & make sure the Psychologist is well known & reliable. Do you have anyone else you know who can Reccomended one. & don't think you have to wait for NHS you can always go privately. It's worth paying for convenience & time is of the essence in these anxieties - the longer they go on the harder they are to get control of. Don't delay. Good luck.
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