3 thoughts on “Easing Your Anxiety When You’re Worried About A Loved One

  • May 4, 2018 at 2:21 am

    Exactly what I needed to read right now. After 7 pretty traumatic years with my now 19 year old daughter I truly wonder if I have post traumatic stress disorder. A missed call from her at 3am this week sent me into a downward spiral when she wouldn’t answer my return calls. I probably panicked because the last call I received at that hour was 2 weeks before informing me she had overdosed and was in ICU. DD told me on her way out tonight she doesn’t want me to worry. Ahh if only it was that easy. Thanks for a great article

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  • May 11, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Very helpful — yet not so easy to do at times! My (half) brother continues to struggle with alcoholism, anger/rage issues and I am pretty convinced there is mental health issues happening as well. The trouble is that he isn’t ready to admit he needs help, isn’t usually bothered by the amount he drinks (in terms of admitting it’s caused damage in his life, relationships, health etc) and doesn’t seem to care that he makes our elderly mom cry at times when he yells and verbally abuses her on the phone. He mocks her if she comments on something by calling her “Einstein,” gets impatient and angry with her for not being able to hear as well as she used to or for forgetting she told him something and thereby repeating it. He has hung up on her, told her to “get out and don’t come back” if he gets upset when she is visiting etc.
    I emailed him (which I have done before) the end of April and tried to impress upon him the pain he is causing her and how his personality has so drastically changed (he NEVER did this up until the past year or so, he was always so caring and kind, sense of humor etc). Apparently he hadn’t checked his email in a while because tonight I got a 2 word response: “f— you” –but all in caps. I emailed back and simply wrote “You merely just proved my point.”
    It is such a hard thing to deal with for all of us — including him!

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    • May 11, 2018 at 9:12 am

      No, it’s not easy at all! Thanks for sharing your story. I’m sorry that you and your family are struggling and hope you find your way back to peace.

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