Hi! this is my first post. I have GAD and have for years, very much centered on my health. Worrying about every disease and dying, etc. I usually power through but this latest one is throwing me for a loop. I read a thing about bats last week - how they can bite without you knowing. Well lo and behold, within a week I am terrified I have rabies. BUT my fear doesn't seem that irrational lol. I went for a walk with a friend at dusk in my neighborhood which has tons of bats. During our walk under trees where many bats fly about, I felt something on my head. Not like it crashed or hit but definitely more than a blowing leaf. To the point I bent over shaking my hair out. My friend with me saw nothing. I didn't feel a bite, but don't know what it was. I am freaked it was a bat and I will get rabies and die. Sounds ludicrous, but it's not like I was in a pool in the middle of the day and think that.. doesn't seem that far-fetched. And if a bat is found in a bedroom even if someone didn't feel the bite, they are supposed to get shots. But I guess I would have seen the bat or felt it or a bite. I did rub my head and then touch my nose later so then I am so mad I didn't immediately shower! Instead I possibly rubbed rabid saliva in my nose...
Soooo, that being said, every one of my friends said this is crazy even for me. I don't want to give into my anxiety and get tons of rabies shots in an ER with side effects, etc when it most likely isn't warranted. Had i not seen that article I never would have known. But I am ruminating on being wrong and dying a horrible death. It's 100% fatal once symptoms come.Googling etc. I am not on meds, but have a an appt with a psychiatrist in a few weeks and I have CBT therapist I talk to this week. I assume OCD makes these things seem rational?
Just had to vent---any insight, please chime in! And any meds you think will work. I was on Lexapro in 2011 after my mom died and it was ok but gave me Restless Leg Syndrome.
Hiya just joined up, not sure what to say apart from I've been struggling with anxiety for a few years now - getting help via NHS and was advised to seek others in the same situation. I hope everyone is doing semi-ok today :) Not sure how this all works so will take the time to figure it out out and also I'm happy to give advise also. Off to have a read...Ooh think I accidently deleted my last...
Does overthinking lead to depression? What do you think? And why?