In the realm of neuroses and mental disorders the fear of going crazy is widespread. It is this fear that makes the insides shrink, and the psyche to be constantly on the alert. Of course, everyday life from this state of things turns into chaos. A person perceives any pain symptom or unintentional negative thought as the beginning of madness.
You could not share this state with anyone, as people immediately begin to give “valuable advice”: do business, find a boyfriend/girlfriend, stop making something out of nothing. The person is left face to face with his phobia and almost hourly looks for its confirmation/refutation. He tries to understand by what criteria a person is deemed to be crazy. He wants to be out of character to calm down. But nothing works. What to do?
Why Did the Phobia of Madness Appear?
The first thing the alarmist can hear from an experienced specialist: if you are still afraid of possible madness, then you are completely healthy. Indeed, if a person is still able to be critical of his fears and try to resist them, then he is adequate. Crazy people not only deny their illness, they don’t even think about it. But hypochondriacs, neurotics, fans of cheat and panic often experience a very strong fear to go crazy and to lose control of themselves. If such fears have appeared in your life, it means that your nervous system/psyche is overloaded and begins to rebel. What can cause the fear of going insane?
|Panic attack||PA is a disgusting beast. It catches you by surprise and each time changes its appearance. The symptoms change one after another. You will never be sure that the next PA will be exactly the same as the previous one. The presence of adrenaline crises is already an indicator that the psyche requires rest and qualified psychotherapeutic help.||A person does not trust his own body, begins to be afraid of it. Subconsciously, the patient feels: one day he will be hit by such terrible symptoms that he will go crazy with fear and misunderstanding. With each PA phobia is fixed.|
|Emotional overload||This also includes physical and mental overload. When a person does not know how to rest (or life puts him in such conditions), he dooms himself to chronic fatigue. The body cannot robotically perform an excess of tasks every day. In any case, sooner or later there will be a somatic protest: deteriorating attention, memory, mental activity, appetite. Sleep will become restless, with nightmares.||People experiencing low efficiency and confusion in the mind on the background of an overload, suddenly begin to believe that they are going crazy. If you do not ease your life, the symptoms will not disappear, they will only aggravate. As a result, the phobia will worsen. Any nightmare will be seen as the beginning of a shift. By the way, when overload you often feel a strong confusion of thoughts before bedtime, which is also perceived as a distress signal.|
|Vegetovascular dystonia||The imbalance in the work of the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the central nervous system is manifested by a variety of symptoms: from panic attacks before going sleep to literally altered consciousness, when the patient may doubt that he recognizes himself in the mirror. Such people could not find the way out of stress, which itself provides additional somatic symptoms.||Fear of going mad with Vegetovascular dystonia is caused by the person’s helplessness. The patient understands that there is no guarantee that he will ever begin to live a normal life without pills, tonometers, paramedics and medical information searches. You can expect anything from the CNS, for example, sudden madness. In addition, many patients do not understand how the nervous system actually works, and this exacerbates their fears.|
|Hypochondria||In general, people with hypochondria are always afraid of everything. Each new symptom they meet with a panic thought: it is definitely a deadly disease, I will die! Even after a visit to an experienced doctor, the person still doubts: what if my disease is still unknown to science, and I will waste my time?||Not finding the physiological causes of the condition, the patient switches to psychological causes. If the body is fine, then the psyche is sick, says the patient. Such a patient spends all free time on medical sites about the types of madness and panic guesses. The happy life meanwhile is somewhere behind the wall.|
|Neurosis||In neuroses, in particular, OCD, a person becomes a victim of its own beliefs. He makes special “rituals” (10 times to touch the wall before leaving the apartment, so there is nothing wrong). His thoughts are obsessive, a person is not able to get rid of them. Failure to perform the “ritual” will result in a painful experience, unbearable guilt before himself: I just did not perform the necessary act, I doom myself to death!||The person realizes the illogic nature of the “rituals” and feels helpless against intrusive thoughts. There’s nothing he can do about it. Nothing. Neurosis is stronger than its master. The fear of going crazy appears in OCD very often and successfully becomes part of an obsessive program. It is almost impossible to get rid of neurosis on your own.|
What to Do?
In order to overcome fear of going mad a patient should first of all turn to a psychologist, not to a psychotherapist. In the medical classification of diseases there is no phobia of madness. Experts believe that it is only a symptom of some other disorder.
If a psychologist assesses the condition as needing psychotherapeutic help, then you will have to pay a visit to a psychotherapist. It is necessary to find the exact cause of the phobia of madness and act specifically on it. Medicines are prescribed by the doctor only if the phobia is sufficiently advanced and can not be eliminated by “oral” treatment.