DEAR DEIDRE: MY anxiety is ruining my life.
I’ve always been a worrier, but I started having attacks last March in the first lockdown. I’m a man of 34.
It feels like I’m having a heart attack, and I struggle to catch my breath.
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Coronavirus seems to be my main trigger – any conversation about it brings on a hot flush, and I’ve had attacks after dropping off my kids, aged seven and five, at school as I fear they’ll catch it.
During the third lockdown, I managed to control the attacks with breathing techniques and regular exercise.
But now we’re being encouraged to return to normality, they’re happening two or three times a day.
I’ve tried talking to my friends but they brush it off, saying everyone feels nervous right now.
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While it is good to let your friends know how you are feeling, it might help more to connect with others dealing with similar feelings.