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I Have the Desire for Something Horrible to Happen to Me

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At 14 my life is easy but sometimes I have fantasies of either getting into an accident (or just getting injured to the point of being hospitalized ) or losing everything I have, including the people I love. I have no suicidal thoughts nor have I ever self-harmed, I’m not very confident in myself but I don’t hate myself .

The problem is I imagine these scenarios so often and in so much detail that I bring myself tears.
I’m worried that these thoughts could become something destructive.

Thank you, I hope you respond. (From England)

I Have the Desire for Something Horrible to Happen to Me

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It takes a great deal of courage to ask for help and I admire your resilience in dealing with these fantasies. There are many possible reasons why these thoughts are happening, and it would be a good idea for you to be talking about them with someone who can help. Let your parents know what is going on and that you are worried and want to speak to a therapist. Often just by talking about these things they get better.

You’ve taken a brave first step by writing us here. Now it is time to get someone you can talk to on a regular basis to help.

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

I Have the Desire for Something Horrible to Happen to Me

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: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2019). I Have the Desire for Something Horrible to Happen to Me. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2019/01/12/i-have-the-desire-for-something-horrible-to-happen-to-me/
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