How can you deal with excessive worry when leaving the house?

By: Dr. Jennifer B. Lagrotte, DMFT

You have gotten ready for work, fed the dog, turned off the stove, turned off the lights, locked the doors and locked your garage. You even double checked that you did everything before finally going to work that morning. Now, you are sitting at your desk at work in a calm environment, but you canít focus on your work. You are feeling a little worried, perhaps even perspiring a little, chewing on your pen and constantly looking at the clock wondering if you should risk a brief trip back home. What is your worry? Maybe you forgot to turn off your stove, or the lights in the living room are still on. You are also fairly certain that you forgot to feed that cute, adorable little puppy of yours. Now you are sure, you didnít feed the dog and you left everything on. Pictures of your house on fire with your dog trapped inside start to flood your mind. Your heart races and you canít take it anymore; you run out of the office yelling that you have an errand to run and head home as fast as you can. You get home and are relieved to see that the stove was off, as were the lights and Rover is wagging his tail after filling his belly with the food you put out for him.

There are many people out there who double check everything they do before they leave the house to try and settle their minds. Yet, even though they go through the same routine each morning to ensure that their house and/or pets are safe and secure, the safety of their home is a constant concern and distraction throughout the day. They constantly worry that their house might burn down, that their house might flood, or they will have forgotten to feed or give water to their pet. People who have these constant worries and donít get help can lead a very worrisome life. No one should have to worry about their home and pets every day they go to work. It can be incredibly nerve racking and very damaging to pens and fingernails. The truth about suffering this kind of anxiety non-stop is that it can take its toll on the body and mind. A person could start suffering stomach aches, head aches, start to suffer heart problems and even become depressed. The constant worry can get in the way of work and social life.

Anyone realizing they might have a problem with this type of anxiety could consult an online therapist to try and get rid of the constant worry. The online therapist can work with the patient to get away from their constant worry and anxiety about the safety of their home. They can help the patient have more trust in their self. The therapist will work with the patient to calm them and help the patient be more confident that they turned everything off, fed their dog and locked the doors, so that the patient can live their life, focus on their work and have a social life.

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