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The fear of losing control is most often seen as one of the manifestations of obsessive-compulsive disorder. An uncontrolled action usually means an action that is causing injury to yourself or your loved ones. It can also refer to suicidal actions. Sometimes the fear of losing control is manifested at the time of a panic attack, when a person is afraid of losing his mind.
Manifestation of the Fear with OCD
A patient with OCD who is afraid of losing control, every day suffers from the panic fear to lose control of his thoughts. Obsessions frighten the patient, because they contradict his true values, and he tries to stop his thoughts, making incredible efforts. However, the more a person resists any foreign idea, the more insistent it becomes. The patient almost without interruption analyzes his own thoughts, trying to convince himself that they are not justified. People suffering from OCD may also imagine “pictures” associated with the loss of control over themselves. They do their best to drive away the horrifying images, to imagine the opposite things. All this requires great effort from patients and makes them feel broken, depressed, wound. Many patients say that more than anything in the world they would like to stop the uncontrollable voice in the head, which drives them crazy.
Attention!Symptoms of the fear of losing control of your mind are characterized by the implementation of certain actions that create security conditions. For example, a person can hide all the sharp objects in the house, because in this case he/ she could not hurt anyone.
Manifestations of the Fear at the Time of a Panic Attack
A panic attack is a painful state in which a person can experience an inexplicable horror, a sense of impending disaster. The main physiological manifestations of the PA are:
- increasd blood pressure;
- accelerated heart rate;
- lack of air;
- sense of suffocation;
- body trembling, fever or chills, numbness of limbs;
- feeling of tightness in the chest;
- lump in the throat;
- dizziness, temporary loss of vision.
At the time of a PA, a person often has such signs as loss of balance and a feeling of unreality, as a result of which he begins to feel fear of going crazy, losing his temper or dying. An acute panic attack happened once remains in the memory of a person forever. The attack instills in the patient’s fear that once everything can end in the worst way. Thoughts about the loss of self-control begin to arise in humans more often and at some point grow into uncontrollable fear.
Assistance and Prevention
In case the fear of losing control and hurting someone is a consequence of OCD, the patient should first understand that the manifestation of obsessive thoughts does not indicate a real desire to commit a dangerous act. On the contrary, OCD patients are terrified of harming themselves or others; that is why negative thoughts are so persistent. Also, the patient needs to understand that such ideas do not mean the approaching madness. The main method of treatment of OCD is psychotherapy in combination with medications.
Patients suffering from panic attacks, also, first of all, should understand that anxiety attacks do not lead to loss of control. In order to eliminate or prevent PAs it is recommended to carry out breathing exercises, relaxation, mediation techniques, autogenic training. If the fear manifests itself too intensively and you cannot eliminate it yourself, you should contact a psychotherapist. In the fight against various phobias, cognitive behavioral therapy has proven itself effectiveness. For preventive purposes, the patient suffering from various alarming manifestations should:
- do light exercise, take active walks in the fresh air;
- sleep at least 8-9 hours, organize the day properly;
- review the diet, eat more vegetables (fresh tomatoes, cabbage, carrots) fruits (bananas, apples) fish (mackerel, cod, salmon), eggs, herbs, dairy products.
- get as many positive emotions as possible (communication with nice people, do what you like to do) and avoid situations of stress.
The fear of losing control, especially when it is associated with OCD, often makes the patient feel crazy and dangerous. However, it is the ability to assess their undesirable manifestations critically, that indicates that a person does not go crazy and is not going to hurt anyone. Sometimes it is enough to make the patient understand this fact to significantly alleviate his/her condition.