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How to Challenge a Specific Thought?


Samantha - Bilingual Health Educator
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Hello wondertron, 

Thank you for sharing this with us. Meghanb brings up some really great points. With anxiety one of those most difficult things is to challenge the negative thoughts because essentially that is what anxiety is all about. Try to use some of the tricks that meghanb offered and see how it goes. It's about finding what works for you, but know that you are not alone in this. 

Keep us posted and keeping working the sessions of the program.

Samantha, Health Educator
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7 years ago 0 Meghan 23 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
hi wondertron

This is just how I would deal with it, but it may or may not work for you. You said that it seems plausible that you could lose bladder control during panic, but I would just remind myself that plausible does not make it a sure thing. I would ask myself has this ever happened to me? If not, then ask myself what are the odds of that happening? Probably low. If it has happened you just need to ask yourself what the worst is that could happen? We get embarrassed and move on. It's not an ideal situation, but if that's the worst outcome I can think of it helps to understand it wouldn't be a complete catastrophe.  I have learned many of these little mind tricks, and they work about 90% of the time. I hope you can find one that works for you.
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7 years ago 0 wondertron 7 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Hi,

I'm now at the stage in the program where we come up with challenge thoughts for our anxieties, such as "No one has ever died of a panic attack, so I'm not danger of dying despite my racing heart." My most prominent symptom is thinking and feeling like I have to urinate. This can be triggered by thoughts like "how can I get to the bathroom in this crowd?" or "I have to stay put until the presentation is over." However, a lot of times, the feeling of urgency comes on its own, and the first anxious thought I'm aware of is "I feel like I have to pee."

It seems plausible that people could lose bladder control when panicked, so how should I go about challenging this particular thought? Telling myself that I just went to the restroom doesn't help because I know bladders don't empty completely with normal voiding.

I posted a similar question a while ago, but it was lost due to a glitch on the website; it didn't receive any answers I was aware of, but if you've responded to it, please do so again. Any new responses are obviously welcome as well.
 
Thanks for your help and have a great day.


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