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parents with anxiety disorder

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Growing up with parents with anxiety can do a lot of damage to a child, even when that child becomes a full-grown adult. We are so affected by the moods and beliefs of our parents. We don’t know any better when we’re younger—we don’t know to question what our parents say or to think, “They’re only human—they’re flawed and could be wrong.” We are young, we’re naïve, and our worlds are very small when we are kids. So we think that the way our parents think and behave is the correct way to do so. Once we get older, we can understand that perhaps our parents had some issues. But the damage can already be done—they got into our subconscious when it was still so malleable and impressionable. We can even take on some of their behaviors. If your parents were worriers, you may live like this.


You feel most comfortable at home

Leaving your home makes you quite anxious. You can’t control the environment when you leave your home. You worry about your safety. You worry about embarrassing yourself. You don’t like the unknown and the unexpected, so you often try to convince friends to just meet you at your place.

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