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Fear of being without water

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Dgjn12345

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Hello all,

I’ve had this fear for the last decade or so and, despite me before my able to live a fairly normal life with it, I would really like to finally be free!

Basically, I get close to panic whenever I find myself out of reach of water. It’s not a fear of dehydration, more a fear of not being able to swallow (somehow believing having water handy will help me swallow, if I feel the need). It means I have to plan all journeys to make sure I have water with me and al constantly scanning for taps, water bottles, hoses etc if I take a short walk without any - ridiculous I know!

Are there any good ways to beat this, short of getting someone to drive me out to the desert and leave me there with no water?!
 
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Hi, I've never heard of this, have uyou thought about going to speak to an expert maybe?
 
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Dgjn12345

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I did mention it to my CBT guy, years ago, when my agoraphobia was at its worst, but the water issue was glossed over. Annoyingly I’ve allowed myself to develop lots of habits around it now and, where I currently live, don’t have access to decent mental health professionals (Middle East).
 
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francis2

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Hello all,

I’ve had this fear for the last decade or so and, despite me before my able to live a fairly normal life with it, I would really like to finally be free!

Basically, I get close to panic whenever I find myself out of reach of water. It’s not a fear of dehydration, more a fear of not being able to swallow (somehow believing having water handy will help me swallow, if I feel the need). It means I have to plan all journeys to make sure I have water with me and al constantly scanning for taps, water bottles, hoses etc if I take a short walk without any - ridiculous I know!

Are there any good ways to beat this, short of getting someone to drive me out to the desert and leave me there with no water?!
I have this too. With me this is just one symptom of dozens, but I understand exactly how you feel. I have a hard time being too far from a drink bc i'm scared i won't be able to swallow without it. I carry a small water bottle with me everywhere. If for some reason i don't have a bottle and i'm getting far from home i start thinking about where i can stop to get some if needed...store, someones hose, etc.

I know it's ridiculous, but once it get's in your head it is hard to get out. I've made some progress recently by telling myself that if worse comes to worse, we make our own water(saliva) which i can use to swallow. This is a crazy disorder we have, if i didn't have it myself, i would never understand how we suffer. Good luck to you.
 
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I had fear of leaving my home because of multiple senarios that I imagined could occur. I was also afraid of household accidents and natural disasters so staying indoors made me constantly anxious too. I had to stop fighting the anxiety and let it happen so I could come to state of acceptance. By accepting any of these senarios could happen, I could then rationalise that the likelihood of them occuring was low, even if they did occur it would likely be minor compared to the catastrophe I was imagining, and even the worst happened and I died not much I can do about that. Best tried when you don't have anywhere to be.

I would guess you would have also considered carrying more water than you require. Does that lower the anxiety at all?
 
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SleepeeSam

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I have this as well along with plenty of other symtoms from anxiety and panic disorder. Its gotten better over time but for long walks or if i know im going to be somewhere for awhile i always have a multiple drinks available. I would guess the best way to treat this is exposure therapy and educating your mind enough to know your limits without liquids and understand its your mind controlling this sensation and not your body
 
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Metajob

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You have to trust people to provide water. I was homeless and just tried everyone until it was given. The swallow thing is probably this same boat.
 

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