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I saw this video and the mysterious death of Elisa Lam

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Hello,
I saw this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgbALOknc3k and the mysterious death of Elisa Lam mentioned in the video got me completely spooked. After watching this I started worrying about being attacked in my home where I live alone and of ghosts. These thoughts manifest at night and I feel nervous. I am a rational man with a strong belief in science and have been living alone for over 6 years now and never was I worried about ghosts or paranormal activity. However, the mysterious case of Elisa Lam has me spooked and these thoughts are not leaving my head. How do I get over it?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 9 months ago.

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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. So anxiety and worry are normal and most likely this will pass in time, but some good ways to help you overcome this would be through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. CBT has a premise that your symptoms are caused by negative thoughts, so if we change your thought process to be more positive and objective, then your symptoms will lessen as well. Here are a few techniques to help you start thinking more objectively and away from this negative thought process.

So this link may help you, it contains a technique I use with patients called a thought record. It will help you keep track of any negative thoughts you have. You put the negative thought on paper, the emotion accompanying, the evidence to support it, and the evidence against it. Then I want you to come up with an alternative thought for the situation (more objective and plausible). This will help you change your way of thinking to be able to think more positive and not automatically go to a negative type of thinking.

http://psychology.tools/cbt-thought-record.html

In addition, these two worksheets are very good at helping to lessen negative type thinking. It can help you focus on the big picture and the objective/positive thoughts and outcomes.

http://psychology.tools/decatastrophising.html

http://psychology.tools/what-if.html

In addition, I also would like you to consider taking a natural supplement at night called Valerian Root as this will help you sleep and it has some effective anti-anxiety effects, so it will lessen this worry as well.

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