I’m having panic attacks because I worry about everything

DEAR DEIDRE: PANIC attacks have left me feeling anxious and I’ve been grinding my teeth in my sleep.

I’m a 38-year-old woman and I can’t stop worrying about everything: my five-year-old daughter, the state of the world, the virus, the list goes on.

I’m a 38-year-old woman and I can’t stop worrying about everything

Now I’m becoming agoraphobic because when I venture out, panic attacks are lurking in the background.

I can tell the signs – my chest grows tight, I feel sweaty and my heart pounds.

My teeth are in a terrible state and I need dental treatment to fix the damage. I also have to wear a very unsexy mouth guard at night.

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My husband is kind and caring – my rock. I just wish I could be the woman he deserves.

Sometimes I think my family would be better off without me.

DEIDRE SAYS: Your family loves and needs you, and you can and will feel better with professional support.

You can find help through Anxiety UK (anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774) and from mental health charity, Mind (mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393).

Please keep talking to your husband. But some counselling could also be very helpful. My support pack will tell you more.

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