Opening Up About My Anxiety

Posted by | January 09, 2014 | Feelings | One Comment

I think I may have an anxiety disorder. I am constantly worried and nervous. My own voice inside my head never stops, and it’s usually negative things. My mom is super supportive and I love her a lot, but I’m still really scared to tell her that I think I have this disorder.

I want to try and get help, but I don’t know how to tell her that I want to see a psychologist. I think I’m scared of what is gonna happen when I do tell, and that things will change. Honestly, opening up about my anxiety is making me even more anxious. Any advice for how I should tell her? ​

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  • admin says:

    Hi,

    It is awesome that you thought to reach out to us. You know the scariest part is asking for help. Your mom can be support for you, but she cannot take the place of a therapist. At your age you will need her consent to go for an evaluation. Sometimes it can take weeks to get in to a specialist so the sooner you start the better.

    You are right. This is one of those “hard topics”. You don’t know how she will react, but remember you have thought about it for a long time. This will all be new news to her so her reaction might be shock, worry, disbelief – don’t let that first reaction scare you off. You need her help.

    Try approaching her when things are calm and you are not in a rush. Tell her you have something very important to talk to her about. This tells her that your discussion is an important one. If you are too worried about her initial reaction then put these words into a letter. The following article gives you some tips to get started.

    http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/DiscoverIt/Articles/Pages/Writing-a-Letter-to-Your-Parents.aspx

    In the meantime try different distractions and relaxation techniques. It is important to know what works for you. It might be soothing music. It might be a special place to sit at home. It might be exercise. It might be cuddling with a pet. Hang in there. Remember keeping a secret like this keeps you feeling the same. J

    Laura – Crisis Counselor

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