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Saturday, May 20, 2006

 

Need help with anxiety

Thank you all for your help with my dream about flying. Hearing so many other people say that it was a phobia of theirs made me feel less of an outcast. Jackie always says we have to face our fears. I am having a great deal of problem with one of my fears which is to answer the door to our motel. I shudder to think that someone may come to the door when no one but me is home. I usually put a closed sign up if everyone is away. My teenage kids usually run the motel and I do all the bookwork and bill paying and such. But I feel sorry for my kids because they want to go out on the weekend and one can go out Friday night and the other Saturday night. I feel like a mean parent forcing one of them at all times to sit in the living room with me in case someone comes to the door. I do stay at hand in case there is a situation that my kids cannot handle and then I am there for them. But I stay away from the peopl! e if I don't have to. How do I face this fear. Every time I say I can do it my heart starts to palpitate and I break out into a cold sweat and have a panic attack. And that is just thinking about it. When I was alone and someone came to the door when no one was home and I hadn't had a chance to put up the closed sign a person came. I literally thought I was going to die. As soon as they left I immediately put the closed sign up. I have never been so afraid in my life. You would think they were axe murderers coming to the door but that is my flight response. So how do I face this fear without having crippling anxiety attacks. Please help me you guys. You all seem so smart. PS Our motel is for sale and has been for the past 10 years but my husband wants too much money for it so it is not selling. Janice

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