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AS this week marked Mental Health Awareness Day, blogger Becky Connolly from Richmond, North Yorkshire, opens up about anxiety
For as long as I’ve been a mother I’ve had anxiety. To me, motherhood and anxiety are one and I don’t see a horizon on this tumultuous sea of worry.
People love to tell you anxiety comes with being a parent – parents will worry about their offspring, whether they are little ones or grown up. It’s life. It’s what a ‘good parent’ does.
But they’re wrong. Being concerned for your child’s wellbeing is one thing, having your life dominated by constant hypothetical worry is totally different. Anxiety is not normal and it’s not fair to allow struggling parents to think it is.
Where my anxiety begins and ‘normal’ parental anguish ends is a blur, so on the face of it, I’m a typical mum. I can still laugh and dress myself well, I can hold a conversation and play with my son.
But how I’m perceived from the outside doesn’t honestly reflect the emotional battle within me.
Inside, the thumping beat of my heart sets the pace of a rapid boil and before I know it I’m preparing to pounce on my prey or flee from the predator.
A year ago I gave birth to my son, Reuben, and was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder (GAD). My baby’s start in life began with a stay in neonatal care and I…
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