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Dealing with the Fear that Can Occur when Using XTC

Abstract: The fear induced by XTC use is mostly fear of the fear itself.

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Dealing with the Fear that Can Occur when Using XTC

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Written by: Wendy Moelker, Psychologist in charge, tutor, Emergis center for mental health care, Goes, the Netherlands.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 24 Jul 2008.

How to deal with the fear that can occur when using XTC?

Answer:

The user should know that it is mainly the fear that he is frightened of. Try to control respiration and try to relax. Convince yourself that the fear will go away. Fear and panic attacks can be prevented by not using XTC. If it happens regularly, it is better to stop completely. XTC can intensify the mood you are in. If you don't feel comfortable and use XTC, it is very likely that the effects will be negative. So in order to prevent fear and panic attacks, you should avoid XTC use or make sure that you feel good before you use. Fear and panic attacks can work as a vicious circle. If you had a fear or panic attack after using XTC once, it is very likely to be afraid to have another attack when using again. You should realize what actually happens: you are afraid to get scared which makes you frightened, and so you will actually become frightened. If you have a panic attack, try to realize that it is the fear for fear that you're feeling, that it is a result of going out and using XTC, and that it takes a while but then goes away by itself. You could also talk to a good friend.

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