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I am sorry to read how you have been feeling. The thoughts you are worrying about certainly are very scary. I am not sure where you are writing from but I want to assure you that it is very unlikely you would be forced into a mental institution. Depression and Anxiety does not develop into more serious mental health issues like long term psychosis. If you ever were at risk of harming yourself or another person you can be taken to the emergency room; but, to my understanding they cannot force you into anything without your consent. I think it would be practical to talk to your therapist about your fears to determine if they are even probable. That may reassure you.
The best way to challenge anxious thoughts is to question them, so I also encourage you to talk to your therapist about your fears and work with them to challenge them. You can also check out Session 3 to read more about how to challenge anxious thoughts. Using the 10 questions by yourself, with us or with your therapist will likely be very helpful to you.
Let us know what you learn! I hope to read from you more soon.
Ashley - Health Educator
My issue is that I fear what anxiety means? This seems to be me feeling anxious about being anxious. Many years ago I went through anxiety and depression and it left me scarred in a way that anytime I feel anxious or panicky I associate it with me falling into another serious episode of anxiety and depression. My fears are about the anxiety getting out of control, being forced into a mental institution, losing everything and everyone in my life.
I am seeing a certified therapist for CBT and taking medication. However, I go through periods of anxiety and it scares me to the point that I associate it with what happened many years ago. I start to self-analyze and monitor the physical sensations in my body, which of course makes it worse.
Not sure if anyone has had this same experience and if so what they have done to successfully deal with this.