Coping with my daughter’s anxiety

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Anxiety is a feeling of fear or panic. Feeling generally anxious sometimes is normal. Most people worry about something – interviews, money & friendships – but once the difficult situation is over, you feel better and calm down.

If the problem has gone but the feeling of fear or panic stays or even gets stronger, that’s when anxiety becomes a problem.

With as many as one in six young people experiencing anxiety at some point, it is very common to have anxiety.

My daughter was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder 4 years ago along with Asperger’s Syndrome the condition can be completely debilitating. As a parent we all want our children to succeed and for some this defintion has a different meaning. For me if I can get my daughter through a difficult situation and overcome a fear then we are making progress.

There is a lot in the media about anxiety and mental health but absolutely nothing about how this affects everyone around the sufferer. Some days my daughter will change her mind at short notice about seeing a friend, suddenly something that felt easy is no longer achievable, sometimes this can result in losing the friend as they do not understand. As a parent this is so difficult to watch.

There is so much to say but for now I need to share how I need to stay level headed to guarantee that I can stay calm, for me this is ensuring that I go to the gym and destress. I work with a personal trainer to ensure that I train hard and concentrate for a full hour allowing my mind to unwind and clear so that I can focus on encouraging my daughter to achieve.

For me exercise is essential and without it I would be lost.

I do not profess to be an expert but hopefully my experience will help another parent, carer or friend to avoid some of the difficulties we have been through. Ask me a question I may not have the answer but I will certainly try and a problem shared is a problem halved.

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