Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Dorothy in Chicago. I fear everything around me and get anxious about it. It’s ruining my life and what can I do?
Acceptance is the first part here. Know that you have a problem that needs to be treated. The most important thing right now would be to see a professional psychiatrist or therapist. All of us experience a minor surge in fear and panic in certain situations, which is quite normal.
Research adequately points out that one in every four British adults experience a mental problem in any given year; however, being constantly fearful is something that needs attention. Chances are there are some suppressed emotions or experiences in your subconscious mind that are causing this anxiety. A therapist will help you to unravel the factors causing constant fear in your mind and deal with them to make you feel more in control of yourself.
When we experience some unpleasant incident in our life, a loss of a job or death of a relative, we tend to suppress the grief in the back of our mind and refuse to deal with it. While we may think that the grief is gone, it will still be lingering in our minds and it resurfaces to cause anxiety and fear in unrelated situations.
The key here is to deal with difficult emotions; however, since they may have been suppressed for too long, only a specialist can help recognize and handle them. Also, now that you are conscious of your problem, it will help you if you keep a diary of the situations, emotions, or people that trigger the maximum fear in you. These diaries will help your therapist in making the right diagnosis of your condition.