I am a 45-year-old homemaker, and I have always considered myself strong. However, I have come to realize that I am a worrier, and my world revolves around my four children. In the past, my youngest child was diagnosed with a rare disease called HLH when he was two years old. This experience caused my stress levels to skyrocket, and I tried my best to remain strong for the sake of my baby. Unfortunately, this episode triggered my anxiety and intensified my tendencies toward paranoia.
Even before my child's illness, I had a tendency towards paranoia, but it has worsened over time. I am currently in a marriage that is not fulfilling. My spouse is strict, self-righteous, and filled with pride. I often feel that he does not support or acknowledge my emotions. Whenever I express my nervousness or concerns, he dismisses them by saying, 'There is nothing wrong with you. You worry too much and overthink things.'
I would appreciate any insights or advice on managing my anxiety and navigating the challenges in my marriage.