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Old 04-06-11, 02:24 PM   #1
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I have severe anxiety, I am constantly worring about something terrible happening to my husband or daughter. This has been going on for years and I can't get these fears under control. Im driving them both nuts. There are so many daily triggers such as hearing sirens...Bad weather...to early or late phone calls... For some reason thoughts of them being in auto accidents is the worst. They nor I have ever been in a accident, so why am I doing this? Keep in mind I have been on many meds over the years, with very little relief. I am starting to believe that I will never get over this and I'm sick of being this way. Please, anyone out there have these problems ? I am not concerned with what happens to me, only with my loved ones.
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Old 04-06-11, 02:32 PM   #2
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hi, 2tired, welcome!
i've been thru bad anxiety like that, especially when my daughter was small. as she got older it gradually got better. i had some anxiety before i got pregnant, but i think post-partum really kicked it up badly. when did this start for u?
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Old 04-06-11, 02:44 PM   #3
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Thanks for reply Blue Girl, this depression/ anxiety started when i was in my early teens. I got really bad after my daughter turned about 18 when I could no longer watch over and protect her. The things I can't control scare the daylights out of me.
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it sounds like u are very close to her. are u afraid she will make poor decisions? is she away from u for the first time? can u stay connected by visits/ phone?
i hope u feel better about this soon.
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Yes we are close, grew up together almost, sense I was young when she was born. We talk almost every day. I know it'ts irrational fear but I can't stop worring
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Old 04-06-11, 10:33 PM   #6
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i guess one thing that helps my worrying is remembering that my worrying about what i can't control doesn't help. it's one thing if u can do something about it (like if u are worried about running out of gas, you make sure the tank doesn't get too low), but worrying about things u can't do anything about still doesn't do anything. telling myself i could worry if something happened was another thing that helped. it's like i told myself i couldn't worry unless there was a basis for it, and then i'd go do something and take my mind off it. that really helped, because when i did it, i saw success, and it made me more confident and less anxious. i hope that helps.
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