Chris_ wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:08 pm
Sorry if this is not the right place. I suffer from severe anxiety whenever my kids (5 and 1 year old) are sick. My youngest has a chest and ear inflection (confirmed by the gp today) with a high fever and I’m all over the shop with worry. Whenever we take his temperature and it’s high I instantly have to go to loo, within seconds. The anxiety this time round is unbearable, too the point I just want to open the front door and run. I’ve never known anything like this. The whole sense of being responsible for another life just seems to swallow me up.
Sorry I just needed to type that out.
Of course it's the right place, Chris. It's the VERY place.
Sorry to hear about your anxiety, mate. I totally get that overwhelming feeling about being responsible for little 'uns or anyone, come to that.
It's sounds like your perfectly natural, 'fight or flight' reactions are overreacting a bit. However, I've got a feeling that there is very much help out for you, so, take a deep breathe, first of all.
One thing immediately to remember, is that your kids are very much not going to remain 5 and 1 forever, even if you wanted them to! They will grow up & become adults & then be able to look after themselves. Basically, what I'm saying is, is that these worrisome days will not be forever.
I would also think, no, I don't think, I know that what you're feeling is SO common sometimes. If anything, it shows how much you love them & how much you care. The ONLY problem is that your fear is overreacting, a bit. This can come from our own deep rooted, early life upbringing issues but it is especially open to being helped, probably by some kind of (talking) therapy. Best first off, speaking with a GP. You sound like a great, caring dad, btw.
So great that you posted mate.