how do explain anxiety to your family

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   Posted 7/29/2007 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
my husband thinks is pent up anger i can take out on a object or something else and its not, i try to explain it to him, and you can tell he still doesn't get it,  and my kids too, they think its kinda a joke, oh mom is just blowing things out of proportion, and she really isn't dealing with anything but being agitated, i guess mom's don't get sick, or let me refraze that can't get sick. i feel so alone in this inside my family i got you guys i'm so glad for that, but how can you get through to your loved ones
dx as generalized anxiety

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   Posted 7/30/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear Machelle

Good Morning. People with GAD can't seem to get rid of their concerns, even though they usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants. They can't relax, startle easily, and have difficulty concentrating. Often they have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Physical symptoms that often accompany the anxiety include fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches, difficulty swallowing, trembling, twitching, irritability, sweating, nausea, lightheadedness, having to go to the bathroom frequently, feeling out of breath, and hot flashes.

The family is very important in the recovery of a person with an anxiety disorder. Ideally, the family should be supportive but not help perpetuate their loved one's symptoms. Family members should not trivialize the disorder or demand improvement without treatment. If your family is doing either of these things, you may want to ask one of your family members to accompany  you on your next visit to the physicians as they will, with your permission, discuss your disorder with your family member.  Hopefully the family will better understand if a physician confirms your illness.

I am sorry this is a problem as it is another stressor in your life.

Gentle Hugs.

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