Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Agoraphobia and Random Events


Marie has been more anxious than usual for the last week, and this is why.

Yes, the road outside our home was closed on Monday to have work carried out by our local water company. Despite the sign, the road was closed for three days – only opening this afternoon.

Marie can’t tolerate being confined. It causes exactly the same panicky feelings as being in a wide open space. So having the road outside our home closed was cause for concern. Even before the road closed, we had a few days of anticipatory anxiety. Actually, Marie’s anxiety level was better this time than the last time the road was closed.

Anyhow, it made me philosophise on the way that random events totally outside our control can affect our lives. And how, if we’re having a bad day/a few bad days, perhaps it has more to do with things around us than it has to do with us.

I’ll have to try to remember this next time Marie is feeling worse than usual!

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