editorNadia replied almost 2 years ago:
It sounds like you've been through some tough times and are still feeling the effects. Knocking down those walls can take time, but it sounds like you have a wonderful family to help you through it. Overcoming some of those fears in a safe and supportive environment is key. Behavioral therapy is the most effective way to work through the anxiety you've been feeling. A behavioral therapist can help you see real change in a short amount of time (usually a matter of weeks) by teaching techniques to calm the anxiety and slowly re-introducing the situations that make you uncomfortable. You can find one in your area through the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, which offers a clinical directory. You're a strong woman who's gotten through so much already, so you'll tackle this too. Plus, you deserve to live your life to the fullest!