am i doomed?

by elza

i am seventeen and usually a teenager is supposed to be having fun but that is not the case with me. over the summer i read about phobias and now i can't stop thinking about them. now i worry that i might develop pantophobia fear of everything and i don't want that. i don't know if i should tell my parents. also, i keep telling myself that it is all in my head but for some odd reason my mind is refusing to believe so. what should i do?

Ben's Answer:

Anxiety comes in many forms. Phobias are one. Anxiety is still the root of the problem. Thoughts create anxiety. In short, two of the best remedies for over-thinking minds, are EFT (Tapping) and Meditation. Exercise is another. Dancing and Music is good too. African drumming and dance will get you into your body and out of your head, very quickly. Isolation, stagnation, tv, internet overload and boredom all lead to worry, stress, and anxiety thinking.

If you feel that this has gotten out of control - then talking to a therapist would probably be a great help. The mind alway refuses to believe that anything is "all in your head," because this is how the mind maintains its existence - by convincing you the the "problem" is "out there" beyond you.

The ultimate goal is always about learning to let go of fear and attachment.

Take Care,
Ben Schwarcz, MFT
Santa Rosa Psychotherapist

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