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I am HORRIFIED of (trigger warning) parasites and am scared I have them but cannot see them

I have this horrible fear of getting pinworms or ringworms, the smaller parasites you can't see in your feces and that don't always have any symptoms. i can't sleep PLEASE HELP ME I CANT EVEN TYPE IT ALL OUT RIGHT NOW IM GONNA PANIC AND DIE PLEASE HELP ME
Category: OCD 6 years ago
Asked 6 years ago

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You know, I bet there are a lot of people with anxiety who experience that "horror" to one extent or another. It's like another form of hypochondria sort of. It's so easy to allow something that can't be proved without medical tests bother us. There's a technique in the movies, where they show just enough of something to make it scary, but then let the audience imagine the rest. It's very effective. An audience is more scared by a closed door than they are by an opened door with a bad guy standing in it. Hollywood understands that people's imagination can be more powerful than the real thing. Strive not to let your own creativity harm you. And of course, if you need the help of a professional who's trained to deal with these kinds of fears, then reach out to them, or have a friend or relative reach out for you.
Answered 6 years ago

When I was younger, I struggled with fearing that I would catch things that other people had. For instance, when I watched TLC shows about people with things like tumors, I'd panic and think, "Oh my God, what if I get one?" My heart would be racing and I would literally not know how to calm down. I'd begin to cry and think the very worst of the possible situation. I talked to my mom, a lot of times, and she'd tell me to calm down and that it wasn't going to happen to me. She made me realize that these things rarely happened. Maybe, if you do research on how likely it is to get pinworms/ringworms you can have that knowledge. Also, look into whether they are life threatening or not. Another thing that might be helpful to research is, if pinworms/ringworms are easy to get, what can you do to prevent getting them? Also, if you did get pinworms/ringworms, how could they be treated? Knowing more about taking precautions, how to prevent, and how to treat could all possibly ease your mind. I really hope this helps. Please be brave and do the research. It will pay off even if it is super scary to read into, at first.
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