I have been diagnosed by my therapist in having an anxiety disorder along with obsessive thoughts about dying and worrying that something is wrong with me like I have schizophrenia or another mental illness even though I know deep down I don't. I can't even stop worrying but lately my new thing is that I'm worried I'm not going to live past a certian age in my life and that scares me. I can sit there and try to think about my future but I just can't picture living past like the age of 25 or something. I'm in a happy relationship I just, I don't know why I feel like this. I don't want to die, I want to be happy and live a long time. Any advice? Is this normal to feel when you have an anxiety disorder (that is it normal to feel I won't live past a certian age when you have anxiety) Please help. Thanks.


2388 days ago
Hi - I think its a fairly common fear typical of anxiety disorder. Even I admit to worrying a bit about this. I always say my goal is to live to 100 lol. If a person really thinks about their own death it is scary. The thing is, we don't have any idea when this will happen and worrying doesn't accomplish anything. Imagine if you do live to 100.....you then spent 80 some odd yrs worrying, which is a big waste of time. All we can do is, be proactive with our health with eating healthy, exercising, be safety conscious and don't use illegal drugs or drink too much. Worrying can actually make you unhealthy, so its better to get that under control.

Work with your therapist and he/she can teach you ways to offset these worries. With the intrusive thoughts - think whether these are legitimate worries and if not filter them out. Try not to get upset by the thoughts since this fuels the fear. Slow deep breathing and replacing the negative with a positive thought helps too. Good luck in feeling a sense of calm and contentment.

2387 days ago
None of us are going to live past a certain age. :)