I am a 45-year-old homemaker and I had a tendency towards paranoia, but it has worsened over time. Kindly help.

Q. What impact can anxiety, paranoia, and relationship stress have on a person's life?

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Dr. Aditya Gupta
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This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 19, 2023

Hello doctor,

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.

Thank you.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for your query.

First and foremost, it is important to assess yourself for clinical depression and anxiety disorder. You can start by taking a self-rating test such as Zung's Self-rating Depression Scale and Zung's Self-rating Anxiety Scale, which are readily available online. If the results indicate moderate to severe depression or anxiety, it is advisable to consult a psychiatrist in person for a comprehensive evaluation and appropriate treatment.

In addition to seeking professional help, there are several self-care practices that may be beneficial:

  1. Meditation: Engage in daily meditation for at least half an hour in the morning. Meditation can help promote relaxation and reduce stress.

  2. Share your feelings: If possible, confide in your family or close friends about your emotions and struggles. Alternatively, maintain a stress diary where you can freely express your thoughts and emotions on a daily basis.

  3. Establish a routine: Follow a structured daily routine that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet. Engaging in physical activity and consuming a diet rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids can have a positive impact on your mental well-being.

  4. Join a self-help group: Consider joining a self-help group either online or offline, where you can connect with others who may be facing similar challenges. Sharing experiences and providing mutual support can be empowering.

I hope I have addressed your concerns. Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions.

Thank you.

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