I just NEEDED to come here to hopefully get some advice on my issue. However, I must warn you to please don’t laugh,criticize, and please take me seriously. I know many of you will laugh but I really feel like this and I can’t get help elsewhere. I have come to realize that I have an actual SERIOUS problem.
Alright, about a year ago my life was changed after watching “Glass Walls” but not all in good ways. After watching this I became literally paranoid. Please keep in mind that I stumbled across this randomly and that beforehand I never knew about this kind of abuse to the animals I ate was happening, I was naive and ignorant. However, this is just the problem I need help with. Ever since then I have become paranoid, I have watched multiple of videos on animal abuse and animal murder and I feel horrible but worse of all, I have nightmares (some of you might think this is stupid.) I can’t go a single day or action without thinking about animal abuse literally. Every time I see someone eating meat I think of Glass walls, every time I see someone wearing fur, leather, uggs, etc I can only think about the poor creature, every time I see a TV I think about some kind of abuse. I can’t go through a normal day without thinking about it, I NEED HELP! I can’t even watch Spongebob or Ant Farm without tormenting myself with animal abuse, it’s like the only thing I can think about. And it gets worse, as you can imagine I am clearly against all that so now I have taken my illness to a whole other level which is seriously hurting my own feelings. I go on YouTube and watch animals like pigs getting killed and can’t help but comment and comment and comment on the people that think it’s ok or say they are food or yummy. I spend hours and hours and hours in my room ( I don’t even go out, this is how serious it is) commenting back on those ignorant comments (I REALLY can’t control myself) just so I can get a crapload of comments insulting me and degrading me and my beliefs and those poor animals and then I feel like I have to do something to stop myself from getting emotionally hurt by their insults. Please help me I have a problem and a compulsion and I need help but I can’t go to my parents because they’d say I’m overreacting and not take me seriously. I honestly think I need a psychologist because this obsession is hurting me.
Can any of you please help me, I have a problem (OCD maybe?) and I need help.
I have this same problem. I try to think about happier things, yet animal abuse just comes back and haunts me. Heck, I’ve teared up in public thinking about it. It’s depressing, there’s no doubt about that. I have found a way to help deal with it though. I think about the future. If we keep standing up for animals, keep trying, perhaps they will one day get freedom. We cannot predict the future, yet we can have hope for it. The future can be brighter for animals. Every time I find myself thinking about animal abuse, I just remind myself that’s it’s not forever. There will be a end to it. Things can get better; we just have to stand up and fight.
If possible, try and take a break from the computer and television. People find it extremely easy to post anything they can on the internet because they can do so and remain anonymous. Therefore, people tend to post a lot of hurtful and negative things. Being careful with what you post yourself can and will help tremendously. For example, I haven’t been on Facebook in almost 2 months and honestly feel much happier and stronger since I am out surrounding myself with others rather than reading negative things they post online. Staying away from TV can also help. I gave it up a few years ago because I do not agree with all the consumerism television advertises. Most ads are targeted for a specific audience, so be careful if you decide to watch. Not watching also hurts companies who pay for advertisements, such as McDonald’s. If you feel the need to watch something, I suggest watching DVD’s (especially documentaries or things that promote a positive lifestyle). Try and limit yourself to the internet, TV, and movies, though. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, find an active hobby, get a job, do volunteer work, and set a good sleep schedule and things will get better. Finding a trusted therapist can help a lot as well, but make sure you are talking about your problems and they aren’t just throwing a prescription at you (as many love to do). Stand strong and keep your head up.
I know exactly what you mean! I just became a vegan about a month ago and I’ve been becoming depressed. I feel like I have to watch the videos because I ate animal products for 15 years so I feel I deserve the pain. Its hard having my family not even acknowledge the suffering of animals especially when I don’t have any friends who really understand. Its getting to the point where death seems like a better option but I know that it wouldn’t solve anything. I just try to focus on what I can do for animals. I imagine my future self helping animals and being a really big animal rights activist. Ignoring these feelings won’t make them go away. You have to accept them and try your best to cope in whatever way is the most comfortable for you. Acknowledge the suffering and torture of animals but know that there is more and more activists standing up for their rights. Its gonna be hard and the pain of knowing how animals are treated will never go away but you have to feel better knowing your doing your part in lessening the neglect and abuse. I am always here to talk to you if you need any support! And so is the rest of PETA! Please, contact me. I will do anything I can to help you!