I am paranoid at night that someone is going to break in and hurt me and my daughter every noise keeps me up how can I overcome thi? I tried to tell myself it’s in my head or the dog but still happens
Last Updated: 10/20/2020 at 3:49am
Brenda King, PsyD
I treat life changes, women’s issues, and issues of aging using evidence-based treatments with healthy doses of warmth, empathy and humor to enhance healing and growth.
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As a fellow parent, I know what you're struggling with. I truly believe this is something that's ingrained into us once our little people come into the world. I struggled with this for years, and what really helped me was playing a background noise that i could easily and quickly identify, to help minimize the noises around me. Perhaps you could try playing a rain forest sound, or have radio static in the background, maybe even your favorite music album or radio station. something easy to identify, will lessen your anxiety as you're able to recognize the sound quickly and you'll be able to get some rest
I have had some fears like this and the worst thing about such fears is that the less sleep you get, the harder it is to deal with the fears. Have you taken the ordinary precautions for safety that many people would in this situation? Have you tried turning onto the other side to reset your thought patterns? Keep in mind that it is noble of you to want to protect your daughter and it is admirable that you have concern for her. How do you think you can do better on the filtering between noise and real threats? Can your dog help you feel safe?
It sounds to me that you are dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety. It also seems to be a reoccurring thought. I completely understand the feeling of fear in regards to something potentially happening to a loved one. What would you say to someone, be it a family member or friend, who felt similarly to you? How would you try to reason with them to possibly get them to reason their way on understanding the cause of their emotions and how they could potentially solve it themselves. What are ways you usually relax yourself? How would doing that help you overcome your fears?
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