Constant FearFeelingsConstant Fear<div class="ExternalClass1911E13B128F4B2997E26A29E0AD1C6B"><p style="font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;">​<span>So I've been feeling really worried and scared of everything recently. I can't go places alone usually especially in the dark and it's always like I hear people coming or feel people around me when there's nobody around. I always feel like bad people are out to get me. My family always asks what are you afraid of and I don't know so they just say why are you like this and you're so annoying. Worst thing is this affects my sleep so that I wake up multiple times a night terrified like someone's around. I don't even sleep in my own room out of fear. When I try sleeping there I always end up in someone else's room after I wake up scared. I'm 12 now and this is getting really embarrassing not being able to sleep in my own room. My mom said I should pray more and I tried that but it hasn't helped. What should I do to stop this constant fear and worry because it is crushing me and I hate feeling this way all the time.  </span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div><div class="ExternalClass005523E667184CB1A3CE1EFDB6F68D02"><div><div class="ExternalClass1911E13B128F4B2997E26A29E0AD1C6B"><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>We are glad you have found our website and are reaching out tonight.   We can hear the sense of fear and worry you conveyed in your email.   Your feelings are real, even if the threats that create them are not.  Fear is a human emotion designed to help protect us from danger.   Sometimes, our fear response kicks in even though there may not be an immediate danger present.   Try to take this one step at a time.  Think of a time when you might encounter a small  fear response, nothing major, just a little.  Have a plan on what you are going to do to challenge the fear,  to see if that fear is real.   Once you challenge it,  you will have overcome it.  The fear will have less power.  As you gain confidence, go on to slightly more fearful things.  The more we challenge and learn, the more the fear response will quiet down.   </span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>We want you to know we are here for you.  We suggest reviewing the articles under the Tips section on the website, including “99 coping skills”.   The Tips link is at the top of the homepage.  You can also visit with a counselor on the phone 24/7 by dialing 1-800-448-3000.  Expressing your feelings and talking can help offer some relief because you are sharing your burden.  By talking to someone you might discover options to your situations that you would not likely discover on our own. </span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Sincerely,</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Larry – Counselor</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div></div> </div>12

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