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worry syndrome

October 10th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I had a really good talk with my oldest neice on the phone last night. She's a psychology major at college in her second year. We discussed a lot of things, religion, multi-culturalism, what she wants out of life. I always ask her what's she learning right now. She started telling me that she thinks grandma, (my mom) has a worry disorder. She had a fancy name for it, but that's basically what it is. She says she can't help her behavior and that it's genetic. I found that really funny that she starts telling me this out of the blue, when I've been discussing that here. My neice has been having panic attacks because she stresses out too much over school and work. She's worried she caught the worried disorder from my grandma and my mom. She plans to take a class at school that's supposed to help her control her panic attacks.

Mostly she needs to realize it's not the end of the world even when something does go wrong. Most everything can be fixed and other people rarely put as much emphasis on the things that you worry about as you think they do. Most people are pretty self-absorbed and don't even see the things in your house, meal, performance that you think they do and even when they do see those things, they don't put value judgements on them. If I go to someone else's house, even if I do see dust or something, I don't really think about it, it's like noticing the couch is brown. It's just a fleeting thought and I don't think she must be a slob or something like that.

I got several samples in the mail yesterday. 2 Wisk, 1 Life energy bar and Cascade. The Cascade had 4 tablets, which is nice. Both Wisk's and the energy bar will go to my neice.

Still reading my series. Finished Agent of Change and I Dare by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Sci/Fi - excellent.

2 Responses to “worry syndrome”

  1. baselle Says:

    And you know what, it gets better. I know when I was a teenager all the way into my thirties. I worried about school, I worried about grad school and my academic career, I worried about how my parents were doing, I worried about DH, and when I left science, I worried about the future. This despite the fact that early on I made peace with myself.

    I have to tell you that just around my 40th birthday, I stopped worrying. I've discovered, like you did, nobody cares...or rather everybody is spending far too much time worrying about what they are worrying about. John Donne got it wrong: seems like every man is an island, surrounded by a moat of worry.

  2. Homebody Says:

    I know I worry too much and am not relaxed to the point I have this just diagnosed myofascial disorder. Now I need to relax to help get rid of it!!

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