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...I get this overwhelming sense of fear. It's almost like I'm afraid I'm going to float off into space or something..I know I know, there's this thing called gravity, blah blah... but seriously, it's really becoming a problem for me. I don't like to look up at the sky anymore, and I find myself more comfortable inside than outside. So...I have to ask myself...what am I really afraid of and why? I know I'm not going to float off into space...so that can't be it.
Does anyone else get this feeling or am I the only person who is just randomly developing a fear of the sky?
The human balance system depends on the inner ear, the eyes, and the muscles and joints to transmit reliable information about the body's movement and orientation in space. If the inner ear or other elements of the balance system are damaged, the result may be vertigo, dizziness, imbalance, and other symptoms.
With vestibular disorders, the type and severity of symptoms can vary considerably. Symptoms can be frightening and difficult to describe. People affected by certain symptoms of vestibular disorders may be perceived as inattentive, lazy, overly anxious, or seeking attention. They may have trouble reading or doing simple arithmetic. Functioning in the workplace, going to school, performing routine daily tasks, or just getting out of bed in the morning may be difficult for some people.
Originally posted by Nventual
Even if I'm with somebody else it doesn't help. The moment I look up it feels like I'm going to be sucked lightyears upwards onto a star or whatever. Even if I'm inside and look out the window. Like the OP I also thought it may be some sixth sense that something is going to happen, but I don't know. I use to love looking at stars and now I can't.
Originally posted by Nventual
How can I learn to enjoy it? I have to go camping this Christmas and where we go the sky is covered in stars, unlike where I am now in the city.
The fear has extended onto other things though. I can't look at fractals now and I can't look at close-ups of the Sun.. I get the exact same feeling when doing either of those. It only started about a month or so ago.
January 23, 2008 — In a small study of 10 patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), just 4 weeks of intensive cognitive behavioral therapy resulted in significant changes in activity in certain regions of the brain.
In addition to having significant declines in bilateral thalamic activity, the patients had significant increases in right dorsal anterior cingulate cortex activity that correlated with improvement in OCD symptoms.
"This study is exciting because it tells us more about how cognitive behavioral therapy works for OCD and shows that both robust clinical improvements and changes in brain activity occur after only 4 weeks of intensive treatment," said lead author Sanjaya Saxena, MD, from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, in a press release issued by the university.
The study is published online January 8, 2008 in Molecular Psychiatry.
Clinical response to OCD symptoms usually requires up to 12 weeks of treatment with serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) or standard weekly outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy, the group writes, adding that little is known about the brain's response to cognitive behavioral therapy in OCD.
Brief, intensive, daily cognitive behavioral therapy (specifically, exposure and response-prevention therapy) has been shown to be effective in 60% to 80% of OCD patients in as little as 4 weeks, with a symptom improvement of 50% to 80%, the group notes.
They sought to elucidate how the brain is affected by brief, intensive cognitive behavioral therapy in OCD.
Ten adult patients with OCD (6 men, 4 women; mean age, 40.6 years) and 12 normal controls (4 men, 8 women; mean age, 46.4 years) completed the study. Two of 12 OCD patients who were initially enrolled dropped out. Six of the 10 OCD patients were taking medications (SRIs and, in some cases, adjunctive medications), which were not changed during the study.
All OCD patients received 90 minutes of individual exposure and response-prevention therapy sessions with the same expert therapist, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks.
Cerebral glucose metabolism — a measure of brain-cell activity — was determined using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography. The 10 OCD patients had brain scans before and after 4 weeks of intensive treatment, and the 12 normal controls had 2 brain scans several weeks apart.