Even when my mind isn't in complete chaos and trying to get me to kill myself every second of the day, I still struggle with other symptoms. Over the last month I have become completely paranoid about car accidents, bridges collapsing, el trains flying off their tracks and other morbid ways to die or be maimed for life.
When I'm about to pass a car going in the opposite direction, I can't help but I imagine what that would feel like if one of us were to cross the line and slam head on. I get a very vivid, almost real, picture involving all my senses of what that would be like. I can hear the sound of crushing metal. I can feel the intense fear and panic in those few seconds just before the collision. I can smell the engine fluids being released into the air. I can hear and feel the airbags as they deploy. It's scary.
Same thing with the bridges and overpasses. I completely panicked on my way home from my daughter's choir concert on Monday because I had to go under the overpass of a major highway that is under construction. I could picture it falling and crushing my car, the way the highway in California collapsed upon itself during the Northridge earthquake in 1994. When I'm on a bridge, I can't help but think of the collapse of the i-35 bridge in Minnesota that fell into the Mississippi River.