How to help my girlfriend through apocalypse anxiety?
December 20, 2012 1:58 PM Subscribe
Help my girlfriend get through apocalypse anxiety?
posted by drd to human relations (29 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
She has a history of anxiety- health anxiety, claustrophobia, a general fear of death which she thinks is where most of them come from. And every time one of these stupid apocalypse things comes around, it freaks her out and for the week leading up she has a hard time coping.
She knows it isn't true and that it won't happen on an intellectual level, and has read the things that explain why it won't happen and why they're a crock. She knows why it's stupid. It's just an uncontrollable anxiety she still feels- she's said she just wishes she could take a pill that would put her to sleep until it's the day after.
Does anyone else here suffer from this sort of issue? I can only talk to her over Skype, so there's only so many ways I can distract her- and the anxiety makes her moody and sometimes difficult to talk to at times, especially over a screen. I sympathize a lot, and it breaks my heart to see her suffer from this sort of pain that she doesn't know how to stop.
Thanks a bunch, guys. I hope this is in the right category...