I have been seeing a therapist/psychologist for the past year for my long-standing anxiety problem, and I have made strides in developing coping skills and determining the root cause of it all.
Lately, though, I have been dealing with a situation where my coping skills are not working. I have some neighbors who are inconsiderate to others by constantly causing noise disturbances. They insist on playing their music with a heavy “thumping” bass which I can hear and feel in my home. Also, one of the neighbors has had two outdoor parties in the past month with a live band in their backyard (8+ straight hours of LOUD music). In the past, I have usually tried to be considerate to their ignorance by tuning out the disturbances, but I am becoming more and more stressed with each disturbance. After the latest incident (one of the outdoor parties), though, I contacted the local police and asked them to have the neighbor turn down the volume (the police did respond), only to little avail (volume did not stay low for very long). I am tired of having my private sanctuary violated time and time again.
Somehow this latest incident is causing me severe anxiety. I have slept 4 hours in the past 2 days, I have very little appetite, I am having irrational thoughts about possible future events (expecting more frequent outdoor parties, little cooperation/help from the police), and I feel I am near paranoid, constantly wondering when the next disturbance will occur. My meditation exercise has been futile in coping with the anxiety. As much as I try to take my mind off the situation, my mind inevitably wanders back to it. I keep telling myself that I’m having irrational thoughts, but I will not allow myself to believe this.
What can I do to win this battle with anxiety?
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum. I am sorry you have been subjected to the inconsiderate neighbors.
Have you ever considered CBT Therapy. There is information right here at the top of the forum re the CBT therapy and many of the members have used this therapy to help them deal with their anxiety.
Also I would certainly communicate to your therapist how you are feeling and get a professional opinion on how to cope.
I am so happy you joined our family of caring and supportive members. Stick with us.
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I am sorry you are still having problems with the neighbors and I think your best bet is to continue to work with the landlord on the issue. You should not have to be subject to loud parties so frequently. It is hard to take a stand and fill out the official complaint papers but you may have to do that.
As far as visiting your Phycisin, that is a good idea and may be the only way to go is to file an official complaint.
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