How To Overcome Excessive Worries About Death?
Eid al-Fitr in 2016 my grandmother died in front of my eyes. A month later I was a little worried that when I was short of breath I sometimes looked for signs of death on Google, I felt bewildered by these signs at that time and soon my mind was diverted to school. During Ramadan 2017 I am waiting for my father who returned from Jakarta to Padang. When my father boarding on the plane my father called me he told me to go to the mosque for evening prayers and tarawih then I followed my father’s instructions, even though I wanted to wait for my father to come home. When I heard a lecture at the mosque, my father’s mind continued, “Is your plane safe, safe or not …” and suddenly my legs were tingling and spread to my body, heart palpitations, hands and feet. feeling cold and numb, in the throat like choking or suffocation, cold sweating, shortness of breath, feeling dizzy, heart palpitations, hands and feet feeling cold and numb, in the throat like choking or suffocation, cold sweating, twitching in the nose and in the chest, legs and hands, tingling, shortness of breath, feeling dizzy, throat dry and thirsty, feeling restless and at that time I thought that death had come. I was able to convey the will to my father’s friend and at that time I was rushed to the puskesmas by the worshipers of the mosque. Arriving at the puskesmas I was given an oxygen tank and the doctor checked my blood pressure, said vertigo. When my condition improved, I was brought home after my father arrived at the puskesmas. A month later my mind dropped more and more difficult to think about happy things day was quiet until the school work I had nothing to do and the value of my lessons decreased from before. Sometimes I feel heart palpitations, hands and feet feeling cold and numb, in the throat like a lump or choking, cold sweating, tingling feet and hands, shortness of breath, feeling dizzy, dry and thirsty throat, always feeling restless, difficult to concentrate or empties the mind, muscles tense, feels fear of death, cannot calm or remain silent, gets tired easily, feels tight in the throat and has difficulty breathing, nausea with shortness of breath and palpitations, the mind is always in a daze or feels the world is different from before, body limp, feeling belching stuck in the chest, vision turn yellow when in a place exposed to bright lights, when you want to pray always haunted by fear of death, hands and feet feel heavy to move, dizzy when going to sleep even though it is lying down, when will the prayer of fear comes, and when he hears the story of death feels as if the signs already exist in s Yes, but I have remained healthy until now, feeling experiencing an unreal situation and the world feels different and I feel that this body is not me, my eyes are unfocused and my head feels heavy, dizzy eyes as if I want to darken all that, fear of the atmosphere ahead sunset, it’s hard to divert the mind because it feels like it’s going to die soon. And I have been to a psychiatrist but never recovered even I’m afraid of drug dependence. Now this disorder is interfering with my daily activities so how do I treat Thanatopobhia?
Hi Faridzi .. Thank you for the question.
A phobia is an excessive fear of something. Phobias in a person can be different from one person to another. What is meant by thanatophobia is a fear or worry about death or in the process of death. This can occur after seeing relatives or people around them die, there are health problems, or increasing suia increases the risk of thanatophobia. Symptoms that often accompany this phobia are: panic, anxiety, increased heart rate, sweating, abdominal pain, anxiety, anger, and sadness.
This anxiety and fear is not good to leave it at that, if you continue to experience these complaints, excessive fear and anxiety, and there are physical complaints then you should continue treatment and consultation with a psychiatrist / psychiatrist. So that doctors can carry out both physical examinations, interviews about the course of the disease, and conduct routine counseling. The doctor can also propose psychotherapy and can be accompanied by medications. In addition you also need to consult with a psychiatrist, especially if you feel a complaint that the situation is not real, and feel that you are not yourself.
While what you can do is:
Engage in useful activities
Be open to your family and friends
Avoid consumption of alcohol, caffeine, smoking
Eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly
May be useful