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Seeing objects as other things

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mariamomo

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Hi, I just created an account because I have no idea what I'm experiencing. I've got this thing where I'll see an object and freak out thinking it's something else. For example, I remember when I was a kid I saw a ball of rolled up socks and freaked out thinking it was my cat. After I focused in on it, I realized it wasn't actually my cat. I have no idea how to name it but it gets on top of me. For some time I didn't experience this and then I realized it came back after my teenage years. I just end up panicking when I see objects that I can't initially work out what they are. Sometimes it's extreme like my palms start sweating and my heart rate increases every time it happens. I was taken to therapy once when I was about 6 years old and told I had separation anxiety. I've never been since. Should I wait for this to subside? I just want to know what's wrong
 
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Hi, I just created an account because I have no idea what I'm experiencing. I've got this thing where I'll see an object and freak out thinking it's something else. For example, I remember when I was a kid I saw a ball of rolled up socks and freaked out thinking it was my cat. After I focused in on it, I realized it wasn't actually my cat. I have no idea how to name it but it gets on top of me. For some time I didn't experience this and then I realized it came back after my teenage years. I just end up panicking when I see objects that I can't initially work out what they are. Sometimes it's extreme like my palms start sweating and my heart rate increases every time it happens. I was taken to therapy once when I was about 6 years old and told I had separation anxiety. I've never been since. Should I wait for this to subside? I just want to know what's wrong
Hi and welcome to the forum.
Sorry to hear about your struggle.
I was going through the same experiences not long ago. That’s anxiety. It is a very weird feeling. It gets you to think if you are hallucinating or loosing your mind. It’s an instant panic.

I am not sure if it’s separation anxiety. Those imaginations that you have when you see something are in your subconscious. Try to remember why you get triggered. Figure out why when you thought that was your cat, you got scared and panicked. This will help you put your mind to ease and think rationally when another experience like that happen again.

I hope this helps. Hang in there and get better soon.
 
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Hi, yes it's like that- the instant panic feeling and thinking I'm hallucinating. It makes me feel terrible and then embarrassed after I discover that the object isn't what I thought it was. I guess I do have to rationalise it but because it's such an instant thing, since I see the object and then suddenly experience the feeling, it's really difficult to do. I'll just have to keep practising that way of thinking.

Thanks so much.
 
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Hopeful313

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Hi, yes it's like that- the instant panic feeling and thinking I'm hallucinating. It makes me feel terrible and then embarrassed after I discover that the object isn't what I thought it was. I guess I do have to rationalise it but because it's such an instant thing, since I see the object and then suddenly experience the feeling, it's really difficult to do. I'll just have to keep practising that way of thinking.

Thanks so much.
You are very welcome.

You will come over that feeling quickly. Trust me, it’s very easy especially now you know what’s going on. You must have been through a bad episode of anxiety before this has started.

Another thing came to mind is the way you associate images with ideas or feelings. Try to think of positive things when you see something you can’t make what it is. This will help as well.

Good luck🙂
 
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