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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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September 1st, 2016 9:13am
You might be feeling alone or like you have no one but you do there are people out there that could help you out by keeping you company
September 21st, 2016 5:18pm
I think everyone is afraid of dying because it's the unknown we are born alone and die alone. But at some point we are all going to die this is not a dress rehearsal. I think when we are anxious we have worrying thoughts about health and dying. If you are genuinely concerned for your health see a doctor otherwise enjoy life :-)
September 30th, 2016 7:32pm
Because you wish to live happily. You wish to live your life to the fullest. You have that hope in you.
October 13th, 2016 1:14am
Life is supposed to be easy and manageable. But few of us fail to acquire problem solving skills or we weren't taught how to face. So for depressed person like you and me life becomes unmanageable and ruthless. So constantly thinking about death is coping mechanism for person with severe depression.
December 9th, 2016 10:09am
Do you mean really dying or dying inside, or to this world? Sometimes people feel like they are dying because they have had very bad experiences in their past where they didn't think they would live to a very long life. It is like a trap they never got out of. If you feel you are dying inside, it may be because you don't feel you can adequately handle life's problems. If you have had bad experiences have you ever come to the realization that you are a survivor? If you are still here to think about it, then wouldn't that be what you are? If you feel you cannot handle life's problems are life is just too much for you, you are not alone. Most children at some point cannot wait to be an adult but a lot of adults after time of adulting, wish they could go back to their childhood. Life is not easy for so many but once you realize how strong you are and as you gain understanding and wisdom, you will find, the road is not so hard and nothing can keep you down.
April 12th, 2017 8:17pm
It can be normal to think about that sometimes. But this natural fact can hide something bigger. Think about an old member of your familly maybe... Make sure you can identify why are you thinking about this all the time, and do something more precisely about the real problem be hide thinking about death. Or if this fact just makes you nervous and sad, the best thing is to simply ignore that. It's hard for a lot of people but there is always something better to do than thinking about a sad topic right!
July 22nd, 2017 1:47pm
All of us thinking about death maybe because we afraid from it or because we thinking that our death more good than our current life . Death it's a normal thing in the , all of us will taste death we should care about our duty in the life to have beautiful afterlife , so be good with everyone even with yourself , have a caution ^^
August 9th, 2017 10:20pm
Dying is a fear for everyone and so it's a natural human reaction to believe this is happening when something goes wrong. Breathe, calm down and dechiper other potential reasons for how you're feeling.
August 13th, 2017 7:03pm
Depression and anxiety are a powerful thing, and often come for no reason, and with no warning. When they begin to affect your daily life, it's time to reach out for help. This is not a defect, it's just something that can happen to anyone, at any time. Some people are more susceptible to it, and that doesn't make them weak, it just means they need that extra help. It's worth bringing up to your doctor, even if you don't have a reason for it, and especially if you feel there is reason to it. You wouldn't stay silent about a broken limb, and thoughts like this shouldn't be any different.
November 30th, 2017 9:48pm
Not a doctor, but could be stress or anxiety. But always listen to your gut...if you feel something is wrong, see a doctor.
December 13th, 2017 2:55am
I have been feeling like I'm dying my body and mind under alot of stress emotionally and mentally I don't know what to do My body hurts every day smh
December 17th, 2017 7:42am
Well, to begin with, in what way do you think you're dying? If you are speaking medically, as in a constant fear of illness or death you may have hypochondria. If you feel like you constantly want to die, you most likely have major depression.
February 15th, 2018 3:13pm
Because you have bound to some happiness which is temporary. You should be yourself and never depend on others for happiness.
April 15th, 2018 10:35pm
You may have bodily functional situations if it hurts physically. I would recommend going to a doctor in the next three days if that feeling continues
April 25th, 2018 8:03pm
Constantly thinking about death can stem from worry or mere contemplation. If you are worried about death, that's the reason you worry about it. We start to fear things when they are a possibility physically. So a fear of spiders only shows up when a spider is in your presence. In the same way fear in death works; However, since death is always thought of as following it around, your focus is on just that. Another case is when fear is not included, and instead, a neutral or positive thought comes up. This is in fascination to something that you know is bound to happen in your life, something that most likely would not happen with any other event that may possibly come up. Thus you think about it. it's a little like your birthday, where you most likely wonder how it will be like, but in death and dying's case it's something can happen at any time, So, you think about it in curiosity.
July 25th, 2018 6:14pm
That’s okay, think positive, think about how much your death will impact others. how much it’ll hurt them! you belong her, the world isn’t beautiful always, but you do make a change. and make it worth living for.
August 3rd, 2018 2:58am
Sorry to hear what you are going through. The 7 Cups Anxiety Support Community is here to ease the pain of living with anxiety. Here you will find connection, love, understanding and support.
August 15th, 2018 4:50am
That is a side effect of Anxiety. Anxiety attacks or panic attacks may leave you feeling like you are dying and unable to breathe. The best thing to do to combat this is to breathe deeply and calmly. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Using your stomach to breathe and not your chest or mind. Do this for about a minute, it may leave you feeling calmer!
August 24th, 2018 10:19pm
Losing life goals and self confidence often lead the person coming to the end of life. Sometimes things just happened in a way that is not expected, that is the core of beginning life ending. People common to fall into negative trap, because it’s comfortable. High expectations and perfection tend to makes people felt that is a must and obvious. But this mindset is the trap for begin the depression. “Life was never design to be perfect.” Lower down the expectations, find some fun activities that is personal interested. Keep busy and set a personal goal. Stop looping the negative thoughts. That will improve the thinking behaviour. Keep busy and think less is
October 26th, 2018 4:04am
This tends to come from stress or mental illness, and many people tend to associate this feeling with suicide, even when that can be wrong. This feeling is often described as “drowning” in life. Like everything around you is trying to suffocate you, like no matter what you do you can’t find the surface to take a breath. But this feeling can be overcome. With help from therapy, friends, family, partners, you can overcome this feeling of hopelessness and make your life something you want to live. You don’t have to feel like you’re dying. It can be a hard road, but once reach the end it is more than worth it!
November 8th, 2018 5:35am
There could be many reasons for this, and it's different for every person. I know that feeling is scary and confusing. A few possible reasons could be: trauma/PTSD (common), anxiety (common) stress, depression, physical health concerns... Personally when I get that feeling it's related to my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is common to feel like you're dying because of. I would suggest talking to your doctor and/or a therapist to find some answers! Sometimes there is a lot of reasons we feel this way all happening at once. Regardless of why you think you're dying all the time you deserve a life with less worry and where you can feel fully alive!
November 11th, 2018 2:13pm
-It could be fear of death.. It is possible that you fear death so direly that you start thinking of it and being paranoid because of it.. You'd start imagining each situation ending in your own death.. And i feel like that a lot too.. -It could also be you being prepared to die.. Maybe you feel like you fulfilled all your dreams and therefore do not bother to make any new ones, and you, yet again, imagine yourself dying.. Thats wrong too, because you should never ever say that you've fulfilled all your desires. Human's wants are unlimited and you are no exception.. So keep desiring things and try to steer away from such negative thoughts because it means you'd be letting your guard down.. Hope my answer helped ^^ have a good day
November 21st, 2018 5:49am
Have you ever thought about why you feel this way? Personally I’ve struggled with this as well. The thought of death is natural. Is there a time where this is on your mind more than others? Speaking from experience, I think about this usually when I remember memories of those close to me that have passed? Death is apparent and can happen. Thinking about dying is important, it’s a real thing that will happen to us one day. Can you elaborate on the term dying? Do you believe you will die or the thought of dying one day often crosses your mind?
March 7th, 2019 7:46am
Thinking of death is normal and inevitable. Death is the antonym of living, so as we are living, we naturally think about the end of it. It is especially normal to think about death often when there was a recent death around you. Maybe an attack, accident, illness, etc. This is especially true if someone very close to you has died recently, has a serious illness, or had a near-death experience. However, if you are thinking of dying because it sounds nicer than living, that's when you know you might have depression. Are you thinking that you are dying because you WANT to die? If this thought continues for a while, consecutively, you may need to seek help.
May 9th, 2019 5:10am
First off, being equipped with the knowledge that this is a somewhat common source of difficulty for people with anxiety can help you better recognize when this is happening and mitigate the discomfort that you might feel. You should also figure out whether you have anything to actually be concerned about. Go to your doctor and tell them your concerns. Here’s the thing, though. You gotta believe what they tell you. Finally, you can work on better recognizing your anxiety triggers and where your brain is throwing you off track, by engaging in some simple exercises like the 7 cups anxiety log, you should feel a little better
June 17th, 2019 10:58pm
It may be because you are experiencing some sort of anxiety in the moment. If so, try drinking some water, walking outside or distracting yourself in any way, this will help you focus on something other than the anxiety/panic that you are experiencing. Furthermore, you could be feeling this way because you are overwhelmed, which again, leads into anxiety and stress. If so, take a few breaths, listen to some calming music and evaluate your situation once you are calm. Clearing your mind before taking action is a very big step to getting better. Take time to think about what is going on in your life and finding the problem will become easier.
September 6th, 2019 5:04am
It happens with certain reasons (a) you might be too concerned with the sickness of other and thinking what would be if it happens to you (b) you might be studying much about sickness and death (c) A serious sickness or death of other shattered you (d) It is a disease called hypochondriasis or nosophobia which is a psychosomatic disorder caused by constant depression and fear. It needs proper treatment. Though you have stated you are not afraid of , but virtually you are terrified of it, unless which such stage will not appear. Please meet a competent doctor who will evaluate your problem and do the needful. I sincerely wish that you come out from this stage soon. I wish you luck!!
September 11th, 2019 2:29pm
When you do not feel the life in you, you lost the meaning of life. It's like you don't feel anything inside or outside or any emotion. It's like you are losing your breath. You don't have anything left to do or to live. Everything in life lost its essence, and we find no reason to move forward. We call for death when we don't have hope to live. It's hard to define what exactly is going through. For example, when when you look back to your past, you feel whatever you did were worthless. It was a total waste of life you've lived. Now, when you watch what you are doing now or looking forward to your future, you see there no improvement. That makes your life meaningless and hopeless. Those who are around us, they'd also feel the depression and the negative energy radiating from you. People will start to feel impossible for you, and they will leave alone there dying. It's one of the worst feelings a human can go through. If you ask, is there anything for help? I'd say, yes. There is help; sometimes it may be from someone who hasn't lost hope from us or sometimes it may be a realization from within or sometimes the spirituality gives us a promise to look at the brighter side of our life.
October 16th, 2019 9:08pm
You are probably experiencing panic attacks, which are a consequence of anxiety. A common symptom of panic attacks is imminent-death thoughts, which can be terrifying. However, you should not fear but rather embrace that pain. I know that sounds counter-intuitive, but I had panic attacks and death thoughts countless times, so I am confident in reassuring you those thoughts, while really strong and apparently very real at first, fade away usually not that long after, usually within a pair of hours, maximum. Truth be told, the more you try to hold on to them, the more they'll chase you. I regularly use the "moving-sand" analogy to these events, the more you struggle the worse it gets.
March 7th, 2020 8:51pm
Thinking you're dying might come from anxiety, which can present itself as a sense of imminent doom, like something terrible's about to happen. I'm not sure if that's what it's like for you. Sometimes I used to depersonalize a lot, which is when your brain doesn't feel like it's attached to your body. It was hard for me to focus on anything because I felt like I was attached to reality with a tiny thread. For both of these issues, a good thing you can do is grounding. Noticing your surroundings, things that you can see and touch and hear, squeezing something, holding ice, exercising a lot, taking deep breaths, and doing something you like might help. Since you always feel this way, I strongly encourage you to see a doctor or psychologist to help figure out what's going on with you and what can be done to help.