Fear is the body’s reaction to something dangerous or perceived as dangerous. Fear is numbing, heightens anxiety, and increases the heart rate. Fears can be phobias like arachnophobia (the fear of spiders), or ophidiophobia (the fear of snakes). They can be irrational or real. Maybe you have ophidiophobia. There’s a garter snake basking in the sun, on a stonewall. Your fear over the garter snake may feel as real as if you came upon a copperhead snake. Fears shouldn’t be dismissed. They are there to protect you.
Fear, with regards to getting help for depression, intrusive thoughts, drug overuse or alcohol abuse needs to be looked at more closely. Fear can arise in opposition to getting the help you need. There is a saying, fear begets fear. Simply put—fear is contagious, the more energy you give it, the more it will affect your decision-making and subsequent well-being.
If you are afraid of getting help it’s a good idea to examine your fears. Think of being kind and gentle with yourself as you do this. Where do you hold the fear in your body? From where did you receive the information that lead you to the fear. Fear has been described as False Evidence Appearing Real, F E A R. Are your fears evidence-based?
Fear can arise from self judgement. People will think less of me if they find out I go to therapy. What will they think of me if am admitted to an inpatient treatment center? The therapist will meet me once and know I am not worth the trouble. Try making a list of fears that are preventing you from getting help. Having these fears isn’t a bad thing. Think of it as information. Now make a list of what your fears are if you don’t get help. Which list is more important? You’ll reach your own conclusion.
The road to recovery begins with your bravery. Bravery begets bravery! Many people go online to find options for help like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Getting a therapist recommendation from a friend can help streamline your search. There are inpatient treatment centers across the country. Unfortunately they are not all excellent, so it’s a good idea to do some thorough research. If you feel anxious about getting help, try slowly breathing in and out. This will help relax you. You don’t need to be afraid anymore. Help is on the way!
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