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What is it called when your mind creates multiple worse-case scenarios & makes them even worse when afraid?

Asked by Melody12234 (98points) July 9th, 2019 from iPhone

I have a fear of heights. When I get close to a cliff or some sort of drop, my mind starts to wander to countless horrible scenarios… “What if that guy over there tripped and fell off?” “What if I were to stand here and someone pushed me?” Is there a name for something like this? Maybe paranoia of some sort?

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kritiper's avatar

Extreme general paranoia.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

It sounds like anxiety.

flutherother's avatar

It could tend towards a form of obsessive compulsive disorder.

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flo's avatar

“Rumination is the focused attention on the symptoms of one’s distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions,...”

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Anxiety is part of many mental illnesses, and it can be its own illness. Please see a doctor.

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