I had excatly the same feeling as you! Strong panic and anxiety.All the same as you! I was terrified how I can't escape of my mind and my body, like I will be forever "damned" to be in my own skin. I also thought how I will go crazy because of that.
From my experience these feelings disapeared ,I simply told to myself they are just thoughts, and then all people on the earth are also in their own bodies and can't escape themslefs, not just you or me. And they don't have problems or fears because of that,simply because this is not a problem,only stupid thought which make you panic. It's not realistic,because we can't live without bodies etc.
Remember there are only 2 fears :fear of loosing soil below foot and strong sound. All other fears are made up in people's head, no realistic. If your fear is rational and real, then all the people in this world would have it.
Sorry for my bad English.
I aso have many fears,but they are product of my own mind.
Your subconscious is creating this. You have to worry,so " irrational fear is created ". We are all different and every one creates his own fears depending on his own mindset. Feeling of losing control or going insane is very common; I had it for a long time;it's very common in anxiety' sufferers. I had a technique which I frequently used- telling myself that this is new to me, and I felt this only recently, so it must be flawed and not real-anxiety feeds on your fears. Distract yourself and things shall pass. You will come out of it even stronger.
Hope you get better soon.
If you need anything, keep me posted.
Btw: these thoughts are only mine;am not a reliable source,I just been through this, a bit experienced you might say.
Sorry for the bad English too, just trying to help.
I could be full of 'you know what' but this is what occurred to me when I read Your dilemma.
Would it help to ask YourSelf
"If I were not 'trapped' inside my body, if I could 'escape' my body, where would I have myself go? Where would I take myself without my body? What would I have myself do?"
Perhaps You could 'reason' with YourSelf in this way and if You can't figure out a good answer to that question, maybe You can feel okay about being where You are (inside Your body).
and each time the feeling resurfaces, ask YourSelf again, what You would do, where You would go. There would be no 'need' to 'escape' Your body if You don't have a solution to the question.
keep repeating....."I am free" say it over and over. when you are finished, say it more.
Thats a great thing to tell yourself! Love it. I sing to myself the childrens song " jesus loves the little children" ! :)
Matt, I do understand, and I know it can seem impossible to overcome these thoughts and feelings. Please talk to a therapist and read posts here so you know you're not alone with these feelings. If you can get a copy of one or more of Claire Weeks books they are so helpful and consoling. She was a doctor and really understood anxiety disorders and the intrusive thoughts that make us feel like we'll go insane. Amazon has used copies very cheap.
I googled "escape my own skin" and came across your post. I certainly hope you're feeling better and found some assistance with this.
The truth is that there's nothing trapping "you", and there's an easy way to check this at any time. Just look. Look at the scenery before you. Is there a boundary between the seeing and the seen? Is there anything blocking the view? Notice how wide open and available it is. Breathe the air and see how easily it moves. See how every speck of dust, every color is readily available to be seen.
Please feel better. Just check the view at any time. I have more exercises like this too and if you're still around, I'd love to try to help.
Just reading this makes me panic a bit. For anyone answering this with rationality you are wasting your time. From my experience, this is the primitive flight or fight taking control over the rational brain. These are irrational thoughts and the only way to overcome them is distraction distraction distraction. Do not dwell on these type of thoughts as they will self propagate. For this particular phobia it should be quite simple as there is no physical discomfort in actually existing. However, compare this to being trapped in a stuffy elevator and not being able to get out. When trying to distract yourself in that situation, the discomfort will be a constant reminder of your predicament.
These are horrible thoughts that are playing tricks on you but we actually live in a wonderful world with loads of things to distract you.
I actually panicked once that I couldn't touch the moon. If I sit and contemplate that I am sure I could make myself quite ill. But I just think about ice cream instead and it all just goes away.
Good luck to anyone who has these feelings but just kick that primitive insect like brain back into shape and think of ice cream instead!
I feel like this too. I get so panicked to the point i'm ill and have to be sedated in order to calm down. It's hard. But you have to remind yourself to breathe deeply and slowly and distract yourself. I cook, clean, play soduku or read and listen to music. It helps. Being afraid all the time for no reason ***** but you will get through this. Sometimes writing about it works too. Write like you would a book on anxiety. Keep going till you feel better! Hope this helps!
just curious if anyone has a real answers to solve this problem.? Could anyone Recomend any doctors to actually help.?
I have the same thought but guess what I got over it. It's hard and tough but you got to do it cause when you accepted it you'll feel so much better. Make it your ***** say I'm getting over this feeling not matter what
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