Phobia's and Anxiety
I have not been diagnosed with anxiety but am considering going to the Dr and discussing what is going on. My basic question boils down to...Does this sound like anxiety?
I have always been what I call a fearful person. I have told people that I am just phobic about certain things. I am afraid to the point of panic if a bird or a mouse gets into our garage. I am afraid any time I don't have a clear way out of a situation with animals. I am afraid of mice, frogs, june bugs, etc. I have listened for years to people tell me that they can't hurt me but it doesn't matter, I still get an intense panic around them.
I can watch a scary movie and be afraid to go to bed for days. I can watch recent happenings on the news and be terrified for my family to the point of picturing something bad happening. A few years ago, we had 4 children die in our extended family. All were younger than 2 and about the same age as my own children. I KNEW something was going to happen to my kids. I planned how I would react and how I would cope. Luckily, I have phased out of that.
I get very upset if I feel that we are going to be late to something. I get upset if we are low on money. The list just goes on. To look at me, you would think that I was emotionally healthy as most of my family just laughs all of this off. It is very serious to me and I am realizing that it is no way to live. I am tired of being afraid of everything.
Does this sound like anxiety or something far different? TIA
Mindy (Type 1 Dx'd 11/94..Insulin Pump)