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Re: Anxiety and Growing Older

Re: Anxiety and Growing Older

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Posted by Kathrin on December 03, 2000 at 01:13:02:

In Reply to: Anxiety and Growing Older posted by hr on December 02, 2000 at 19:50:57:

:Hello HR!
YES I can relate. I often miss the carefree childhood days... could it be that just BECAUSE we know more, because we know that such things like depression and anxiety are possible, we are able to feel them?
You know what a while ago I started to write a book, serious! (I don't have time right now but I do want to finish it). I was going to call it soemthing like "Opening doors to the darker spaces of our mind". It is about how we maybe by chance have a fear, or maybe as we grow older we think more and are able to think about bad consequences etc, and from that moment on we know that fear is possible, and we have "opened a door" to the part of our mind, figuratively speaking, where such a fear can be felt... and from that moemnt on we will be able to feel it again... and the possibilities expand as we grow older... do you know what i mean or does it sound confusing?
I remember that I had little fears a lot when i was a child, but my parents were able to comfort me. Then, as i grew older, i started questioning even the comforting words of my parents, and suddenly I realized what it felt like to feel alone with a fear (I had "opened a door"). Still the fears were usually short term. Much later, i was about 22, I suddenly had a fear that made me afraid that I was going to be afraid of it all my life... another door opened: That felt MUCH worse!!! From that moment on I OFTEN had fears of which I thought they might be long term and never go away (they always did though, and later it would seem so unreal!)
Can you relate to what I am saying?

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