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Got of lexapro (escitalopram) and therapy a year ago struggling with my fear of dying. Found a lump in neck 3 weeks ago by vein now losing control. What do I do?

Got of lexapro (escitalopram) and therapy a year ago struggling with my fear of dying. Found a lump in neck 3 weeks ago by vein now losing control. What do I do?

Fear of dying.: This is a bad situation for someone who has a fear of dying - finding something on your body that you now think is going to kill you. Chances are that it won't, but you should have this evaluated, just like anyone else would. Get this lump diagnosed properly and go through the proper treatment path, if needed. ...Read more

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Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! this is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more


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After the death of my parents & best friend, I think I developed a fear of dying. So much I have shake my head get rid of the thought.Any suggestions?

After the death of my parents & best friend, I think I developed a fear of dying. So much I have shake my head get rid of the thought.Any suggestions?

On Death and Dying: Sorry for your loss. Losing loved ones is always painful. A good book by elisabeth kubler ross called on death and dying helped me. So sorry. ...Read more

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How do I fix my overbearing fear of dying?

How do I fix my overbearing fear of dying?

Thanatophobia: Or marked fear of dying that interferes with your life can be addressed through cognitive behavioral therapy. Find a psychologist in your area who provides this type of therapy. ...Read more

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Is there any actual name for the fear of dying ?

Is there any actual name for the fear of dying ?

Thanatophobia: An unusual, intense fear of death or dying is called thanatophobia. A typical amount of fear would be normal and not called a phobia. Treatment of phobias is available for people who have trouble living normal lives due to their phobias. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Fear of dying?

What is the definition or description of: Fear of dying?

Fear of dying. : This is a pervasive and consuming fear of dying in the context of actual death not being obviously imminent. ...Read more

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I am 28 years old and constantly in fear of dying. Is this normal?

Fear of Death: This is very common. Most among us just learn to shut off this fear and to avoid thinking or talking about it. But, getting to a place of peace about how short life is can bring you a serenity that will lead to a better life. I often recommend the book "who dies" to a patient who is particularly bothered by the realization that death is real. ...Read more

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Why do I have constant fear of dying? I also have constant fear of my fiancé dying? It's beginning to take over my life.

Why do I have constant fear of dying? I also have constant fear of my fiancé dying? It's beginning to take over my life.

Thanatophobia: Fear of death can interfere greatly with your activities of daily living. It is definitely related to anxiety. I recommend seeking help immediately. Have your doc refer you to a therapist or psychologist or even a psychiatrist. You may be started directory on medication or begin initially with mood modifying therapies. ...Read more

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How can I overcome my fear of dying? Im 85

How can I overcome my fear of dying? Im 85

Fear of dying: Many people fear dying, and yet we all face this eventuality. You aren't alone. Finding someone to talk with about your fear is important. Family members can be a comfort, but they may be frightened also -- and not so able to help you with this specific fear.Your doctor can be a good place to start, along with possibly your spiritual or religious leader. Psychotherapists may also be able to help. ...Read more

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How to overcome fear of dying from chemotherapy?

How to overcome fear of dying from chemotherapy?

Support groups: Speak with women who have been through the process. Ask your doctor if there is another patient you could talk with, or if they know of any support groups. ...Read more

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Is fear of dying during labor common?

Is fear of dying during labor common?

Pregnancy: Pregnancy can be a scary time especially if you having complications. It would be understandable to experience fear of dying during labor. Talk to your OB about your concerns and perhaps this may relieve your fear. Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Ever since I got pneumonia in March, I have a major fear of dying of cancer. I cannot stop this. Want my life back. Please ?

Fear unjustified: The presence of pneumonia is noted on Chest X ray as inflammation in an area of lung parenchyma not associated with presence of mass. By definition tumors of lung require a defined mass to be noted in bronchial area or in lung tissue usually in proximity to mediastinum. PET/CAT can resolve any dx if mass is found in association with pneumonia. Mass also dx by FNA of lesion if one noted. ...Read more

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Im really tired , can't sleep, fear of dying, imagine worse case scenario , very emotional, light headed , dizzy , back feels stiff?

Many Possibilities: It seems you are struggling with both physical and psychological issues. In order to receive an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment, contact your primary care physician. He/she will take a detailed history and perform a physical examination. If any lab tests or studies are needed your md can take care of that as well. Don't wait to seek help. Call your md today. Take care and good luck. ...Read more

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My friend has a fear of dying. Can hospice provide counselor's?

Absolutely: Depending on the hospice, it might be a social worker, or nurse, or chaplain. But most people are fearful of dying, and it's important to address it. So encourage your friend to find the right person for him or her. Talking through this is very beneficial for most patients, because it can ease fears, and help people plan and draw on their own resources. ...Read more

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What is health anxiety? Why do I have a fear of dying? Why when I get any illness do I suddenly think Cancer??

What is health anxiety? Why do I have a fear of dying? Why when I get any illness do I suddenly think Cancer??

Think of Hiccups: Your fears are not uncommon. But you are getting stuck in your fears and it sounds like they are replaying themselves in your head. Think of them as forging a groove in your brain every time they pop up -a groove that gets deeper and deeper, so your brain finds it easy to go there. Asking why only serves to deepen the groove - which represents that your fear is real. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and fear of dying from vcjd (mad cow) from consuming british candies. What to do?

I have anxiety and fear of dying from vcjd (mad cow) from consuming british candies. What to do?

Before you become : Too worked up: were any of these candies recalled? Were these candies in any way connected with cows that suffered from this disease? There is a german candy called mamba that contain beef-based gelatin - which was recalled in poland. Know of no cases of mad cow disease related to that. Check your facts - before you get spun up. ...Read more

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I keep getting anxiety attacks as I'm drifting off to sleep because of my fear of dying. How can I get over my fear?

I keep getting anxiety attacks as I'm drifting off to sleep because of my fear of dying. How can I get over my fear?

Release phenomena: As we relax/let go, we can suddenly become fearful or go on high alert because of letting our guard down. Fear of dying is the ultimate letting go of control and control of the uncontrollable is at the root of panic attacks. Please see a mental health professional who specializes in anxiety disorders to learn skills to cope. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If they told me I have reversible ischemia can I still have sexual intercourse with my wife without the fear of dying on her?

If they told me I have reversible ischemia can I still have sexual intercourse with my wife without the fear of dying on her?

Probably: You should ask your cardiologist if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. If he or she allows you do light exercise, you will probably be allowed to do it. ...Read more

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Any tests that can tell if im at risk of early onset health problems? I have a fear of dying of a heart attack in my early 40s

Any tests that can tell if im at risk of early onset health problems? I have a fear of dying of a heart attack in my early 40s

Family history: Usually a family history (first degree relatives) of heart attacks or strokes can be a red flag for developing similar conditions in the future. This also applies for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension etc... The rule of thumb is if a serious condition runs in your family (1st degree relatives usually), be sure to mention it to your primary care doc, who would decide whether to screen you. ...Read more

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I keep having horrible anxiety/panic attacks fear of dying. Am i going crazy?

People often fear : That they are going crazy when they experience panic attacks. A panic attack doesn't mean that you are crazy but some people can develop feelings as if they are unreal or the world around them isn't real (during a panic attack). Panic attacks are treatable. Get help. ...Read more

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Fainted once.after that feel dizzy all the time.fear of dying.done tests and doctor said everything fine.

Fainted once.after that feel dizzy all the time.fear of dying.done tests and doctor said everything fine.

Fainting: Although there are some serious causes of fainting, if you have had tests for cardiac and neurological causes of this symptom, and some blood tests, it is possible ou may be more than ok. Normally an ultrasound of the heart (echo), EKG, blood testing, blood pressure, and EEG are good tests to use to find the cause of this symptom. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Fear Of Dying (Definition)

This is a pervasive and consuming fear of dying in the context of actual death ...Read more