Terrified of death

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I've had an anxiety and panic disorder since middle school. Ever so often I have panic attack about death. I feel crazy saying this but it usually starts with the realization that I'm not gonna live forever and that one day I will die and it freaks me out so much. I can't Handel the thought of it knowing what happeneds when you die and why there's life. When this happeneds I usually have the worst panic attacks I've ever had. I start shacking, my heart Starts pounding and I feel like I can't breathe. Anybody else have this? And how do you deal with the thought of death?

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    I go through this often. The easiest way to deal with death it to just accept it and not fear it. It's a part of the life cycle and there's NOTHING we can do about it. It's the harsh reality and it can definetly be scary, but once you realize it's out of your control and accept it. The fear will subside. If your going to fear death, you might as already be dead because you are not living life to your full potential. But trust me, I know what you're going through. 

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    Reading this reminds me of my terrors thinking about death and the finality of it wen I was at school. I think what made it that bad was that it wasn't something we talked about in our family for whatever reasons. I still think about it now but what gives me some solace is that it's something every single living thing will experience and it prob won't be as bad as u think it will be. Nothing usually is.

    Nobody has an answer to what it will be but talking about it will help but only with other people who are willing to admit they're scared or at the least honest about how they feel.

    I know it's hard because anxiety can affect how u think but getting ur feelings out is the start of managing and processing this subject which may take some time.

    Sometimes I ask myself which is better, dying or living forever. I'm not so sure.

    It might also be worth considering how certain cultures celebrate death.

    Hope this helps.

    Feel free to talk more if u need.


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     Hi Emily, I am going to assume that you are a young lady?  The odds are you have many decades ahead of you to live a peaceful and happy life. You have many years to enjoy everything that life has to offer however we need to  accept death is a natural part of life. Everyone goes through conception, birth and death. However you don't have to dwell on it  every day of your life. If that happens you will just be wasting all the years ahead of you worrying. Enjoy and appreciate each day! Look for the joy in every day like simple things… The beautiful rainfall,  birds singing, family, the beauty of nature and music and on and on and on. Don't go through life missing all of that.     If you don't find a way to eliminate that type of thinking you will regret it when you're older. You'll wonder why you didn't truly enjoy this beautiful life but instead worried about the end of it!

    If you are having serious trouble getting that out of your mind, I highly suggest talking to a counselor who can really help turn this around for you! I see a counselor regularly even when I start to feel better. They can give you some excellent resources to help. 

     also, go online and find meditative audio on negative thinking. You can find free ones and they really help too! 

     learn to smile, laugh, rejoice that you ARE alive !!!  I thank God every day of my life that I am alive and I thank him for the beauty of it all! Find things to do that you truly enjoy and keep busy to keep your mind off of negative thoughts. Stay active ,  exercise, socialize, get a hobby  you enjoy, find humor in every day life. Don't let negativity ruin your life

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