Overwhelming feelings of dread

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Emmy Long
@emmy-long
3 years ago
484 posts
Sometimes I experience this feeling of absolute dread. Kind of like you feel when you're waiting to get possible bad news or like when you've done something wrong and you're waiting to get caught. But it's different from guilt. I'm not sure why this happens or how to stop it. Does anyone have experience with this or advice on how to keep it from happening?
updated by @emmy-long: 03/09/17 06:21:29AM
Kristin R
@kristin-r
3 years ago
11 posts

Hi Emmy Long,

My better half often gets this experience, and I'd say about 50 - 75% of the time it is proceeded by bad news, a difficult experience, or an unexpected stressful event. One of the things we always do together when she gets those feelings is to do some positive self-talk about recognizing she has skills to handle whatever comes her way, and that she can trust her ability to handle anything that comes her way and prepare herself so that she doesn't feel blind-sighted. We treat those feelings as a "heads-up" and practice trusting ourselves so that she and I both don't live in constant anxiety and panic about the world around us. I hope this is helpful!

Emmy Long
@emmy-long
3 years ago
484 posts
Thank you for this! It sounds like exactly what happens to me. I'll have to try this.
Gin S
@gin-s
2 years ago
225 posts

I have this gift as well, if you want to call it that, lol. It sure doesn't feel like it when it is happening. But every time I get that feeling something happens, within a few days usually. I do wish it would come with something more like a picture or thought to at least give me an idea of what area will be affected. Though it does rarely if I really need more info in order to act or protect myself. The dread alone is unnerving and stressful while waiting.

Gin S
@gin-s
2 years ago
225 posts

It does help that my husband listens and accepts my numerous crazy gifts like this. I know that is hard because I have trouble believing myself and I'm the one experiencing it so I should believe, lol.

Engageme
@engageme
2 years ago
32 posts

I get this feeling sometimes but it is usually when something is wrong. It hasn't always been a really bad thing, but always something. I will give you several examples:

1. When I was a teen my sister (soul mate) and I were in group homes after my mother died. We were in two different homes. I suddenly felt this feeling you describe and I couldn't figure out why. Then I thought of her and called her. She was crying. She had broken up with her boyfriend and was upset.

2. Once when I was married to my first husband, I went to visit family for a week. While there I started having that feeling-not as strong, but it was there. I couldn't shake it. I called my husband and he denied anything being wrong. I returned after a week and it was still there. I told him I couldn't figure out what was wrong but I was sensing something and it was driving me crazy! I didn't suspect him at all at this point-just knew something was wrong. Well, I guess he realized it was because of him so he decided to tell me that he had rented a porno film while I was gone. At the time I was very adverse to porn-it was a sore subject with us. However, after he told me I felt such releif to finally know the source, I didn't even care about the porn.

My experience is that if you feel that, there is something wrong-it may not be serious and you may never find out what-but keep trying to find the source until you do or the feeling goes away. Anxiety in general will cause that feeling as well. It is your mind's percieved threat that causes your fight or flight response.

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