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I Have Been Having Strange Bursts of Anxiety

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I have recently been having anxiety and or paranoia. I’ll start to feel like I don’t know what’s real and I’ll start thinking “what is life really” and deep thoughts like that. Sometimes for a split second I don’t know where I am. I believe its called depersonalization/de-realization. Also I have a constant fear of being drugged (LSD) which I have never even taken. I don’t do drugs. I am so afraid of my friends drugging me that I start thinking that they did, and my mind will actually trip out on its own and I’ll get minor visual hallucinations from my overthinking, like the ground will look swirly for a split second. I think my brain might be creating what I am afraid of. I think I try so hard to stick with reality and I am scared of losing my mind. Some days I’ll be fine and some days it’ll happen. I just want this to be over. But I am far from suicidal. I am feeling really dazed with college happening soon and that I feel weird about life. I just want the over thinking and my brain to stop creating hallucinogenic views. I am kinda in a panic right now and its happening that’s why i might seem jumbled.

I Have Been Having Strange Bursts of Anxiety

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It is very hard to know exactly what may be causing these symptoms, but the fact that you will be going to college soon means that the university will have counseling center with skilled therapist who can help. I recommend you begin there ASAP — perhaps even before classes start so you can develop some coping skills to manage the workload.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

I Have Been Having Strange Bursts of Anxiety

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). I Have Been Having Strange Bursts of Anxiety. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 21, 2019, from
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