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I've been going through a very anxious period for a few months now.  Lately, I have this experience in which, if I look at a typed word for a length of time, it begins to look strange and almost foreign to me.  You know that thing that happens if you repeat a word in your head a bunch of times, it breaks down into nonsense?  It's like that, only visually.  Should I be worried, or is this just another anxiety phenomenon?  Many Thanks!

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It's an anxiety phenomena related to intense worried self-focusing. Let it go... don't take it that far because it's really not the word that affects you but the fear of it becoming strange as meaning that you might have something wrong with your mind. It's a minor version of unreality. You are creating the sensation by your deep introspection.
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