flu causes anxiety

Julie - posted on 06/15/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am a person who gets anxiety over a lot of things. I am a worrier by nature. When someone in my family comes down with the puking flu I can handle the situation, but then I worry the whole family will end up getting and I lose sleep over and my stomach goes super crazy. Does anyone have this same issue and if you do or did how do you handle it?? I have 2 boys and I would like another, but how can I handle my anxiety for more kids. I know it is going to happen if it happens, but why can't my mind just go with the flow?

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Brittany - posted on 06/16/2009

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i was the same way also. i was afraid to leave my house. people worried me. i realized that i was hurting everyone around me and losing close friends due to my anxiety. i went on medication and it was wonderful i still worry but i dont sweat the small stuff. when i got pregnant i stayed on the meds throughout my pregnancy and my baby was completely healthy. there are exercises you can do to help, but i tried everything i even went to a therapist and i finally resorted to the meds it has been wonderful and my fiance likes me alot better too!

Julie - posted on 06/15/2009

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Thanks!! It's nice to know that I am not alone!!! You helped more then you know by sharing your story with me. thanks again!!!

Angela - posted on 06/15/2009

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I have the same problem, expecially when it comes to vomiting, i can clean it up but i can not hear it or see it. When someone gets sick, i santize the house, make sure whoever comes over washes there hands e.t.c. My mind wonders to will they get sick again, or will i get sick, then i start having the stomack ache and racing thoughts. I tried to handle it myself but could never figure out how to get my mind to concentrate on other things. So when my symptoms got worse, i went to my family doctor and he suggested the i suffer from anxiety issues, which are more likely heriditary but it is nothing to be ashamed of, it is a illness that can be helped. He set me up with some medication called prozac which has helped me wonders. I know it is used sometimes for depression but i am on a low dosage. It dosent change who you are, is just helps you feel better about certain things. I feel great and am even deciding on whether to have a third child to. I also did some councling that helps alot if you do not what to do meds, they can give you information on differnt excersis's to use. I hope this helps, feel free to write back if you want.

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