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My mom and I Iived with my stepdad for ten years. He was an alcholholic, and they had really big fights, which scared me a lot, and caused me a lot of anxiety. When my mom finally dumped him, I thought he would go away and the anxiety would pass. However, he shows up around our home a lot. He isn't threatning us or anything, he just shows up to say hi. My mom doesn't let him in, and gets angry at me for being upset. The truth is I get really paranoid when he shows up. I think back to all the fights they used to have. I make sure the door is locked 2-3 times before going to sleep, I make sure he isn't outside, everytime I hear her talking through the phone I pause whatever I'm doing to make sure she isn't talking to him etc. I also get really anxious about world politics, which seems really nerdy but it keeps me up at night thinking about possible wars. I don't know what it is, but I want my anxiety to stop. I'm almost headed to college, and I don't want to worry so much. Anxiety has caused me to want to relieve it, which has led me to many dangerous outlets, like smoking weed and cutting for a while. Any ideas on how to stop my anxiety?
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