I'm currently 13 and I've been having panic attacks about death since I was very small.
Lately I've been having them regularly and its been driving me insane.
On Thursday my mums seeing her GP and she said she'll mention it to her. Is that a good idea or should I just leave it? I really want some type of treatment and professional help. If you know someone who is a GP or if you're a GP yourself can you please leave a comment? I really need the help because honestly, I really need to fix this problem that i know can be easily fixed.
I'm scared about being gone. That's it. Full stop. I'm dead. Then what? Is there something after that? That's whats scares me. Also the thought that in 100 years or so I'll be forgotten is scary too. If you can help i really appreciate it. (:
Nobody knows for certain whether or not we have any conscious existence after death, but many religious faiths teach that we have an immortal soul that transcends death.
Furthermore, even agnostics and atheists can interpret the scientific "Law of Conservation of Energy" (which is accepted beyond all reasonable doubt) in such a way as to conclude that:
whatever constitutes our self-aware mind has at least a strong likelihood of being conserved, after the demise of our temporary physical forms on earth.
You come across as being a normal intelligent and thoughtful young girl. Few young people are totally comfortable with thoughts of their own mortality, or of death amongst friends and close relations.
The "panic attacks" you refer to may be within the normal spectrum of anxiety in response to such thoughts, or could be sufficiently extreme to be classed as a phobia that could respond favourably to counselling or psychiatric treatment.
I have no doubt that a short visit to your GP will determine whether a specialist assessment by (for example) a child psychologist might be beneficial.
Perhaps you could book an appointment to go along with your Mother.
General Practitioners usually don't like to deal with psychological issues. If you go to a psychiatrist and get a prescription that helps than your GP should be willing to write prescriptions for refills but otherwise most GPs don't like prescribing these medications and will refer you to a specialist. While a lot of people are against psychiatric medication consider that talk therapy can take years to help while medication can begin to help almost immediately. If you suffer from debilitating anxiety or mood disorders you need to see a mental health professional rather than a GP.
Thank you very much. I am sure they are panic attacks as I've seen many many symptoms that I have.
I will book an appointment and see if she can help me in anyway possible. Thank you (: