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fear the walk home from work

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Jjjjjj19996666

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I have worked at my job 5 years coming up and I’ve always walked home as I don’t drive and I live literally 7minutes from my job. I mostly finish at 10pm and never had an issue up until about 2 years ago when I started randomly getting frightened when I walked home. I get absolutely petrified about walking home, the fear that someone is going to grab me or I’ll be attacked. At first i would just ring someone on my way home to take my mind off it. But over time it’s becoming more and more of an obsession maybe. I spend my duration at work fearing the walk home, convincing myself that someone has been watching me and knows when I finish and my route home. I walk constantly checking over my shoulder pretty much running. I change my route incase someone has seen me walking. I cried today on my way home because a car parked up ahead of me on my street and I thought they were after me. Last week I pretended I was Ill so I could leave early because I convinced my self I was going to be attacked if I walked home at 10pm. I started my driving lessons 6 months ago just so I didn’t have to walk home at 10pm. I don’t know why I have these thought it’s making my time at work unenjoyable because I’m fretting about the walk and trying to come up with something to avoid it. If I finish and it’s light it im fine. It’s just walking home in the dark. I’ve never been attacked nor has anyone close to me. Has anyone got anything that could help me to stop with these thoughts? Does anyone else fear walking in the dark? It’s getting out of control
 
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Little-Loss-Soul2

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I have worked at my job 5 years coming up and I’ve always walked home as I don’t drive and I live literally 7minutes from my job. I mostly finish at 10pm and never had an issue up until about 2 years ago when I started randomly getting frightened when I walked home. I get absolutely petrified about walking home, the fear that someone is going to grab me or I’ll be attacked. At first i would just ring someone on my way home to take my mind off it. But over time it’s becoming more and more of an obsession maybe. I spend my duration at work fearing the walk home, convincing myself that someone has been watching me and knows when I finish and my route home. I walk constantly checking over my shoulder pretty much running. I change my route incase someone has seen me walking. I cried today on my way home because a car parked up ahead of me on my street and I thought they were after me. Last week I pretended I was Ill so I could leave early because I convinced my self I was going to be attacked if I walked home at 10pm. I started my driving lessons 6 months ago just so I didn’t have to walk home at 10pm. I don’t know why I have these thought it’s making my time at work unenjoyable because I’m fretting about the walk and trying to come up with something to avoid it. If I finish and it’s light it im fine. It’s just walking home in the dark. I’ve never been attacked nor has anyone close to me. Has anyone got anything that could help me to stop with these thoughts? Does anyone else fear walking in the dark? It’s getting out of control

Is it the dark? Or the time being 10pm? or the fact you feel someone is going attack you? Or is it all the thoughts. If you could Narrow it down a bit would be helpful. Are certain days worse then others?
 
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Jjjjjj19996666

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Definitely the dark, and the fact I feel someone is going to attack me. Don’t feel that the 10pm thing is an issue. Only that I convince myself someone has been watching me walk at that time and they know my shift pattern and are going to attack me. Always been frightened of the dark since I was little but the walking in the dark never used to be an issue I used to live 45 minutes away from my job and would happily walk the way home in the dark without even a bad thought in my mind. Just started randomly about 2 years ago it happens every time I finish when it’s dark and and the thoughts get worse each time and almost obbsessive to the point I’m thinking of different scenarios that could happen and ways I can prevent them, different routes I could walk, leaving 10 minutes early, or even a few times I’ve rang a taxi. My whole shift is one big panic! Then When I come home I’m switching every single light on and checking if there’s anyone in the house. Feel like I’m going crazy!
 
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Definitely the dark, and the fact I feel someone is going to attack me. Don’t feel that the 10pm thing is an issue. Only that I convince myself someone has been watching me walk at that time and they know my shift pattern and are going to attack me. Always been frightened of the dark since I was little but the walking in the dark never used to be an issue I used to live 45 minutes away from my job and would happily walk the way home in the dark without even a bad thought in my mind. Just started randomly about 2 years ago it happens every time I finish when it’s dark and and the thoughts get worse each time and almost obbsessive to the point I’m thinking of different scenarios that could happen and ways I can prevent them, different routes I could walk, leaving 10 minutes early, or even a few times I’ve rang a taxi. My whole shift is one big panic! Then When I come home I’m switching every single light on and checking if there’s anyone in the house. Feel like I’m going crazy!
Is there any co workers that can give you a ride? Taxi is good idea +thumbs up+. what about someone to meet you or walk home with you(family friends coworkers). Have you tried flash light?
 
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