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September 1, 2011 6:02 PM Subscribe
How do you know when it's anxiety and when it's something you really need to worry about? I don't trust my judgment anymore.
MeFites fighting/having fought anxiety, how do you know when it's the anxiety talking and when it's something you really need to be concerned about? Here's an example:
A few days ago, I parked my car in an older building. When I came back to get it, it was parked on/near some floor tiles, some of which looked like they'd been cut or broken, and the floor was dusty. I got in my car and drove off, but I've been worrying since then that the tiles were asbestos and that I've exposed myself and everyone around me. I have no real reason to suspect that they were, and I've got a history of worrying needlessly about environmental concerns (including asbestos), but I feel like I need to pull a Dick Cheney and assume that if there's a 1% chance something bad could happen, that it's a certainty.
I'm pretty good at doing thought charts, and they help. I also know that if I'm feeling anxious, having something to eat is a good idea. Excercise, also good. Even though those things usually dial the anxiety down, I still have a hard time calibrating my concern. Anybody else dealt with this? How did you handle it? (Yes, I'm in therapy, but I'm looking for things I can do on my own too.)
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