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Why do I always think I'm dying?

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Last Updated: 11/28/2021 at 5:45pm
Why do I always think I'm dying?
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December 7th, 2017 11:31am
It may possibly be caused by a panic attack? Or maybe you show signs of anxiety, you might need professional help for a diagnosis for your problem.
April 5th, 2018 1:59am
I personally have severe anxiety, and also constantly feel that way I'd consult your family doctor!
April 16th, 2018 2:45am
I'm scared of getting old.
April 20th, 2018 9:56am
You may be experiencing hypochondria or neurosis, and misinterpreting symptoms that may or may not be there or as severe as they seem
July 26th, 2018 9:49pm
Is it a medical situation, if it is please go seek help. It may be a mental thing too, maybe see a professional therapist for help. You'll be okay.
September 12th, 2019 4:16pm
Intrusive thoughts like these can be common for a lot of people, although if they are a daily reoccurence, you might develop anxiety. If any of us would say "I'm dying", well that would be true, since all of us are slowly marching to our deaths. And if you are experiencing any pain in your body or any discomfort, the thought "I am dying" can be that much reinforced. On the other hand, would it be true if we said: "I'm living"? I'm currently not dead, so I must be living then. My body is in pain, but I'm still living. I'm very anxious, but I'm still living. . . We don't usually pay attention to the wonderful fact of our life and we tend to obsess about our deaths. That's natural since we want to survive, we want to avoid death, so it's natural to ask ourselves if we are dying. The problem occurs when we do it too much and we forget that we are indeed living! I guess it's a good exercise to remind yourself that you are living when everything seems to be ok when nothing is wrong, nothing is hurting and we are in a good state of mind. That way we have an opportunity to see what is here and gratitude will naturally emerge in that moment.
March 4th, 2020 11:26am
I can completely relate, and it's such a scary feeling. Anxiety can do really weird things to the brain and body, meaning that it's a mental and a physical experience. It can make you feel dizzy or make your heart pump faster. This can feel very strange. Especially during panic attacks it's really common to feel like you're dying, especially if you don't know why you're feeling these feelings and sensations. I think an anxious brain tends to seek out bigger and bigger things to worry about, kind of like a snowball effect. Worrying about dying is just about the scariest thing possible for a lot of people. So being in constant fear of that and believing that you really are dying is one of those nasty tricks anxiety plays on you.
June 8th, 2016 2:41am
It could be anxiety. Sometimes anxiety disorders can cause panic attacks that may make you feel like you are dying. Anxiety will not kill you, but panic attacks this upsetting can be serious so I recommend talking to a loved one or a professional.
August 21st, 2016 9:35am
Because you have stopped living! Life is beautiful.. discover something new, help any stranger, get a pet, forgive someone before s/he asks for forgiveness, call your lost childhood best friend, smile and greet complete stranger while walking, sing a song for your family, read your old slam book.... there are more than a million ways to find happiness, it's just you have to take a step towards it. Remember life is what you make it! Stay happy, stay optimistic! and keep smiling, always!!
September 9th, 2016 9:54am
It happens to me a lot but trust me your not have you been stressing lately because it could be because of that ?
September 9th, 2016 2:36pm
To me it's just the feeling inside of me because of things that have happened to me. It affected me widely and it hurt a lot. I felt dead and hurt from it.
December 16th, 2016 5:46pm
I always feel like I'm dying when I have panic or anxiety attacks because the symptoms can mimic heart failure. Getting proper check-ups with your doctor to ensure you are healthy can alleviate your fears. Sometimes, we might also get fixated on death because we have faced it with loved ones or simply understand that it will happen someday. Anxiety that it is already happening or will happen soon is difficult to live with. Talk over your fears with a therapist or someone you trust. They may be able to help you live in the moment and not constantly think about death.
June 14th, 2017 1:10am
There are hard times, we all go through hard times. Times when things never go right, when everything seems like a puzzle, those unsolvable ones. People always say, it's a bad day, not a bad life. Well, people say a lot of things, and here I'm not saying what they say is wrong. It's just......Hard to put into action. Hard to believe, that things will go the right way one day. Maybe not today. And then we get depressed, we feel exhausted, extracted by this huge amount of work, pressure, especially when people don't get how we feel, either because we don't tell them (and again there could be various reasons why we don't, maybe we fear their reactions, or we simply don't feel like talking to people), or we tell them but they still don't get it; in some cases, they turn away from us. Why do I always think I'm dying? It's not my fault that I think I'm dying. Everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made, it's just that sometimes it takes us more time to figure out, that there WILL BE hope, just keep going and have faith, and that hope will come.
December 6th, 2017 5:48am
Because you don't have someone to talk to.just talking to someone can distract you from your negative thoughts.
January 24th, 2018 12:05am
You may think you're dying because you thought something happened from reality to where you end up being gone, or because it was a cause from playing a virtue game that changed your perspective in thinking you died instantly.
February 16th, 2018 2:50pm
I thought that once and it was because of a panic attack. Or ask yourself what makes me think this? What are my feelings about this? It could be good to think about going to the doctor. It's not nice at all feeling like that.
June 29th, 2018 12:53am
Have you seen a professional about this? Feelings of impending death or doom can be a sign of certain anxiety disorders.
July 19th, 2018 7:21am
Generally, a person lies so that they don’t fall under false impressions of the person they love. Lying is done also because one doesn’t want to hurt others so you just save your relationship with them.
August 2nd, 2018 2:04am
It is a universal fact that we are going to die, but if you never do something new and suprised that will benefit the world and stand out your name in the eyes of the society and having superficial achievements in life and always feel you haven't done anything that sastifying the humanity and flesh in you and your emotions and pains of the mind, then you will always think of dying as then you have though and worried of the regretness of what failure life is and the nothingness to what you have having to the world , having no righteousness and feeling useless in life
August 9th, 2018 9:16pm
This is happening to me too. Even I had this feeling just 10 mins before.. But one thing i have realised.. Thats it self manageable if u are willing.. Just have to practice mindfulness!!
July 12th, 2019 8:05pm
There is a variety of reasons but it could be a combination of stress and anxiety. Your stress over dying may keep you in a vicious circle of having physical symptoms which makes you think you are dying. For me this made me realise i was a hypochondriac which I learn was linked to OCD and a lot of other anxieties. It is also best to talk to a doctor or a professional about these worries. Feel free to message me if you ever get very anxious over your health.
April 4th, 2020 6:22pm
Sometimes when things are very hard to go through, there is this feeling I have like I'm slowly dying. Yes, it might sound silly but I feel like I'm not living life the way I should and not making the people around me happy either. I don't always feel this way obviously but when I do, it hurts. Knowing that you can do so much better with your life and not doing it makes me feel mad and disappointed with myself. I try so hard to start doing better things but sometimes they don't work and people still judge me no matter how hard I try. But that's ok. Step by step I'll learn more and start having better things in my life. For example, I entered this page first as a member then as a listener and that's one of the best things I could do.
May 6th, 2020 8:09am
Can be anything from going through a tough phase, anxiety, depression, grief, etc. Understanding your emotions by talking to someone you can trust or active listener can be helpful. As this can help you in identifying your emotions and knowing yourself better so that you can find healthy coping strategies to deal with the underlying issues. First step is always the hardest one to take but it gets easier after that. If you have any phobias, relaxing techniques can help you as well. In some cases, feeling of death can also be caused due to some medication which one takes.
December 23rd, 2020 2:40am
Because we are naturally programmed to think the worst, its completely natural to feel like you are always dying, or in danger. Its our natural response to expect the worst, when we should be preparing for it, not planning for it. Its healthy to have contingencies or be skeptical, but too much could lead to adverse effects, like not taking opportunities, or maybe even pushing others away. The important thing to remember is that a lot of the things we often worry about don't usually warrant so much time and energy, as they can take away the focus of what you are actually trying to achieve. Which can cause worry in itself.
April 23rd, 2016 2:39pm
Oftentimes when you think that you are dying is because of your anxiety, especially if you are panicking or having a panic attack.
June 1st, 2016 6:46pm
Oh, that is so distressing. I deal with panic attacks on a fairly frequent basis, and man are they rough. Do you think you're having trouble with anxiety and its physical manifestations?
June 2nd, 2016 6:52am
I think I'm dying because we start dying the moment we're born. Every breath we take is signifies a step towards dying. Okay that's quite morbid, but it is kind of true.
August 21st, 2016 6:43pm
Dying? Well, you could simply be paranoid or nervous and that probably triggers the feeling like you're dying.
August 27th, 2016 4:41pm
Technically we are dying but if you feel like you're dying you should go see a doctor or talk to someone about it
September 1st, 2016 6:36am
Well, if you can tell me things that would be on your mind that could make you think that I will listen and talk with you.