I have been struggling with anxiety and panic since 2016 when my 47 yr old husband had to have open heart surgery. I was dealing with that ok until my father in law collapsed on me from a massive heart attack as I was walking him out of the hospital after his visit with my husband. He ended up dying 2 doors down from my husband that evening. My anxiety stems from something being wrong with me, particularly my heart. I've had my heart checked out by Dr's, but that doesn't seem to settle my fears. I had pretty good control of it for about two years and for some reason it has come crashing in again. It is ruining my life. My fear is that I am going to die.
I just want you to know that the ads have never been a bother to me, but your podcast is such a positive part I my life and I want to support you the only way I can. I was wondering if there is an archived episode about your personal history with anxiety. Thanks for all you do.
I have been reading Claire Weekes book and getting more familiar with the concept of first fear, second fear. I am wondering if this concept applies to other emotions we feel that can lead to anxiety/stress? Like first anger, second anger? I notice that oftentimes my anxiety starts to rise with a first thought of anger or irritation at a family member, or a memory that causes resentment that then spirals. Do these things work the same as the first fear, second fear that we have to catch before they spiral, but instead of the "what if's" or Oh My goodness, it is a spiral of angry thoughts or recounting wrongs that leads to anxiousness. Thanks Gina!