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limon Wed 21-Sep-16 09:24:33

I suffer with anxiety which is worst in the mornings .

This morning I felt very overwhelmed and I need as much routine and cam as possible to cope

Dh is a sahp and we are doing the house up.

This morning he'd taken a door off, put it on the kitchen table and started painting it at 8.00

I asked him (nicely) if, as I was feeling anxious, trying to make my sandwiches for lunch and a cup of tea, while DD nagged me for an apple cutter which I couldn't find, he would mind not starting painting until after the school run as I found it a bit too much to handle first thing.

His response was to blame me for being anxious and tell me how hard he finds it to live with.

I asked nicely again - telling him I need a little support - and he still didn't get it, was really short with me, and carried on painting.

I am ready to accept iabu (I guess a lot of people would be happy he's painting) but all I want is a little support and to delay painting for half an hour, considering he has from half nine til 3pm to do it.

ElspethFlashman Wed 21-Sep-16 09:26:13

What was it about the action that was triggering your anxiety?

DerekSprechenZeDick Wed 21-Sep-16 09:28:04

I don't get what's too much to handle? He was painting a door.

You want support with what?

gleam Wed 21-Sep-16 09:29:37

What a stupid time to pick to do something like that on the kitchen table!


NoFuchsGiven Wed 21-Sep-16 09:29:44

I think you should probably make an appointment with your gp to discuss your anxiety if your husband doing normal household tasks is causing you to feel this way. I can see how it must be quite draining for him to live with.

Albadross Wed 21-Sep-16 09:29:56

I totally get this. I can't cope with noise and mess and DH constantly asking me if we should do this or that, trying to keep myself from getting overwhelmed means I need to take my time coming 'out of my head' rather than just being immediately bombarded.

Sometimes anxiety means cognitive issues and overloading can make you forget things, causing more anxiety later on. Starting the day feeling ill-prepared is not ideal and I don't think YWBU at all. I know that it's pretty hard for others to understand though.

limon Wed 21-Sep-16 09:30:19

I want support with the fact that I feel overwhelmed (because of my anxiety). So him basically using up all the kitchen space and painting while I am trying to make a cup of tea, grab some breakfast, make my lunch and sort out my daughter. Ie he's making me default parent while he prioritises door painting.

If I didn't feel anxious and overwhelmed it wouldn't be a problem, but I do l.

MrsJayy Wed 21-Sep-16 09:31:28

Oh dear what a bloody faff he is painting in the kitchen while you are all trying to get sorted and out the door he could have waited half an hour or whatever till you were out the door it would stress me out to. Im sorry he said that to you having had an anxiety issue in the past having evsry day ruled by it is exhausting you are not ill just to annoy him

rhiaaaaaaaannon Wed 21-Sep-16 09:31:33

We're you worried the dc would cause a mess with the paint?
I can get anxious when there is too much going on at once but I've learnt that some if the times its my own problem.

Hope you feel a bit calmer now

limon Wed 21-Sep-16 09:32:11

Gleam yes that's xactly what I thought. Why not wait until we were all out of the door?

Thank you albadross. That's how I feel l.

I did call the gp for an appointment but they are booked up - I'll try again tomorrow.

bibbitybobbityyhat Wed 21-Sep-16 09:33:10

How long has your anxiety been this bad?

It is hard on everyone when one member of a family has anxiety like this.

gleam Wed 21-Sep-16 09:33:39

Regardless of your anxiety, how stupid!
Taking your anxiety into account - doubly so.
It seems to me he was avoiding doing any of the morning stuff because he was doing An Important Job.

Hope you feel a little better now. flowers

ageingrunner Wed 21-Sep-16 09:33:51

Painting a door on the kitchen table while everyone was trying to eat breakfast and get ready for school and work is not really a normal or helpful thing to do, imo. Could he not have left it half an hour. His timing seems very off, I'd almost suspect him of doing it deliberately to trigger your anxiety, if I wasn't such a nice person. Does he often do odd things like that btw?

PotteringAlong Wed 21-Sep-16 09:34:12

Sorry, he's a sahp and doing up the house and was getting on with it.

Support does not mean having it all your own way.

PuntasticUsername Wed 21-Sep-16 09:35:24

I sympathise with your anxiety - re "Why did he have to do it now?", perhaps he's calculated how many coats of paint he needs to get on the door today and if he hadn't started early, he wouldn't have time to do them and for the door to dry between coats?

PotteringAlong Wed 21-Sep-16 09:35:26

Ah, cross post! When we were going up our house stuff everywhere at all points was entirely normal. Seems like I'm in the minority here though.

MoonStar07 Wed 21-Sep-16 09:36:32

I think YANBU in your current state of anxiety it's bothering you. Also it's a bit silly to do it first thing! In saying that in the grand scheme it's not a huge deal which is why I feel you should return to your GP. Hope you're ok now OP.

nancyblackett80 Wed 21-Sep-16 09:37:20

Does your husband actually know how severe you find your anxiety?

If its undiagnosed he may not know how to help you best and could be forgiven for finding it difficult to navigate.

limon Wed 21-Sep-16 09:37:21

On and off since my dd was born bippity. I was diagnosed with pnd and then ptsd (almost died having dd and had 3 miscarriages the year before).

I'm on two different meds and have had some intensive therapy for ptsd.

I have a very stressful job and sometimes it all builds up.

I'm currently having hypnotherapy to hel me relax and have started exercising

MangoBiscuit Wed 21-Sep-16 09:37:44

I also have anxiety. This sort of thing isn't a trigger for me. It would still annoy me a fair bit though. First thing in the morning, when people are trying to get food sorted, get ready for the day, get out of the house etc, is NOT a suitable time for dropping all the parenting on the other parent, and doing a DIY job that can wait. And then to take over the kitchen table for this, is very selfish.

I get that it's also making your anxiety worse, which is a truly dickish thing to do, but I think the anxiety is a separate issue. Even without any health problems, your DH was being selfish and thoughtless.

I hope you're feeling a bit better now. Anxiety really sucks. flowers

reallyanotherone Wed 21-Sep-16 09:38:57

It seems to me he was avoiding doing any of the morning stuff because he was doing An Important Job


It pisses me off when DH starts faffing with something while I am trying to sort myself and the kids out.

I find asking him to do something else rather than just stop is better so "If you give me a hand and find the apple cutter/make the tea while I sort sandwiches you can get on with your door painting in peace".

I bet he expected you to make him a cup of tea while doing your own too?

Bountybarsyuk Wed 21-Sep-16 09:39:59

I don't have anxiety, but I wouldn't be too impressed with someone starting to do DIY on the kitchen table doing the school run. I would just say 'can you do that in a different room' and expect him to clear on out of the way.

It is inconsiderate to make the school run harder, I don't actually think this is an anxiety issue. Him then blaming your anxiety isn't very nice either.

gamerchick Wed 21-Sep-16 09:40:16

Well I'm medicated but would have wanted to stove his head in for doing a room blocking job that time of the morning.

Seriously though it's time to sort out your anxiety if it's that bad. Get thee to the GP for meds.

Idratherbeaunicorn Wed 21-Sep-16 09:41:08

Your DH knows you have anxiety - and also, even if you didn't, it seems a bit silly to paint a door in the kitchen in the morning when that is obviously time for getting breakfast done etc!
I hope you're OK now, OP - as per PP, it maybe worth just having a chat with your GP if you're feeling overwhelmed. flowers

JennieLee Wed 21-Sep-16 09:41:40

I think the smell of gloss paint in a small space, while small people are trying to have breakfast is not a good idea. It's also easy for accidents - bumps, spillages - to happen at such a time. Much better to wait till people are out of the house, when that option exists.

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