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Does all anxiety have an obsessive focus point?

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Rumpel Wed 09-Sep-09 15:45:09

I was just wondering as it seems to me that most of us who suffer from anxiety have some kind of obsessional focus:

meeting people,
what people think of us,
health,
outside spaces,
lifts,
etc etc

Do you think it is true?

If so what is your 'focus' however, irrational you think it is there must be a few of us who focus on the same thing surely?

I freak out if I am too far from a toilet and start thinking I need to go and start getting the usual panic attack symptoms - it is such a PITA - literally!

ellenjames Sat 12-Sep-09 21:51:26

i suffer from anxiety and am under going treatment from cbt and citalopram and my focus is the childrens health. I have 3 kids and panic all the time that they will get ill all at once and that i wont cope! Its awful!

thesunshinesbrightly Tue 15-Sep-09 22:24:11

i suffer

outside
inclosed spaces
meeting people fills me with dread.

IdrisTheDragon Tue 15-Sep-09 22:27:40

Mine focuses on what people think of me and meeting others (including phoning them).

Have improved a lot with CBT and ADs

OurLadyOfPerpetualSupper Tue 15-Sep-09 22:34:13

This is quite a revelation to me.

I've always been obsessed with what people think of me, and am torn between becoming fed up of my own company and dreading meeting new people.

I also avoid talking on the phone.

But I thought these were all signs of social phobia; I suppose it comes to the same thing.

Never seen anyone about it though, just thought it was me being weird.

happynanny22 Fri 18-Sep-09 15:23:52

I have generalised anxiety disorder, which basically means what it sounds like.

My anxiety is usually always present at a low level, but can shift to various stressors according to my mood / environment. Sometimes I couldn't care less about my bank balance and the next day I'll be having a full blown panic attack and tearing my hair out because I'm 20 quid overdrawn blush

But I guess the 'advantage' of suffering more generalized anxiety is the fear may be slightly less paralyzing than suffering from a particular phobia.

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