Please help, I think I've ruined myself

Postby LOK797 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:44 pm

I know I've posted before about me believing I've ruined my life and I feel like it still but even worse. So, I'm a guy in his teens. Lately, I've felt like I'm seeing the world from someone else's view due to the gender issues I've had with anxiety. My anxiety has caused me to panic and sometimes I feel like I'm in someone else's body, like someone I know and I feel like I am them but still know who I am. I don't know what is going on but I need help. I get panic attacks all of the time. What the hel is going on and how do I fix it?
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Postby Richard@DecisionSkills » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:08 pm

Panic attacks have a trigger. In your case, it sounds like thoughts related to gender.

An effective approach used to deal with such issues is to have the person work through worst case scenarios. Ask what is the worst thing that can happen or has happened as a result of a panic attack?

Did the world stop spinning? No. Did someone close to you die as a result of your panicking? No. Did you crash your car? No. Did you wet yourself? No. Did you even lose $1? Probably not. The worst that happens is typically nada, nothing really tragic has ever happened or will happen as a result of thinking about your gender. Maybe, maybe you felt embarrassed if you were in public.

Working through panic attacks takes time, because those that experience attacks find it difficult to accept that nothing bad happens. As they continue the exercise, reflecting on the nonexistence of any real danger, the panic attacks get less severe and less frequent.
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