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Help! Is this normal?

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corrianderisthedevil Mon 11-Jun-18 20:36:06

Please help me put this into perspective (or not)

I have 3 children age 5 and under. Needless to say it's a busy, exhausting and relentless routine. I need eyes on the back on my head.

Generally I am a really calm and pragmatic person. Never get overly stressed or analyse things too deeply. I am a happy-go-lucky kind of girl, as is my husband and our home is fun filled and laid back. However, we don't stop and take our eyes off the kids and take safely very seriously despite our laid back ways.

Every now and again I get this overwhelming fear that something is going to go wrong. It's a feeling that's always in the back of my mind and it never really goes.

About once a week/fortnight I have a really terrible dream, always about my children. They are so bad that I can't even describe them to my husband as it's too awful to say out loud. They wake me up and although I can get back to sleep, the images stay with me the next day and it makes the anxiety that one of them is going to come to harm even worse.

Is this just part and parcel of being a parent? Or is this wrong and something that counselling might help with?

corrianderisthedevil Tue 12-Jun-18 20:55:18


Phoenix76 Wed 13-Jun-18 23:37:36

It does sound like anxiety to me and no, before anyone says anything, I’m not jumping on the anxiety band wagon (have been diagnosed by gp). I completely understand what you’re saying and have been there. I would go to your gp, tell them what you’ve said here and together decide the best course of action. Once anxiety has been acknowledged it’s easier to deal with it as you know what’s causing your feelings and it puts you in more control. Good luck you have my sympathy, I hope you find a solution that works, I ended up on anti anxiety meds which helped but you may find something else that works.

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