I spent the better part of yesterday morning in therapy for my dog. For those keeping score, there are now 2 out of the 3 NJhousehold members currently in therapy for anxiety.
We are helping Orion work through some stranger anxiety and his issues walking. NJhusband is slightly more successful at taking him for a walk than I am. The last time I tried, Orion broke my finger. The trainer gave us some great tips and a LOT of homework and I think it will really help him.
I wish my own anxiety was getting better. I switched therapists a few months ago in hopes that it would help, but so far I haven't seen much improvement and it is discouraging. I find it difficult to be anywhere but in my house. I am able to go places alone, but if anyone else is with me, even NJhusband or my BFF I tend to panic. My panic mostly causes me to shake and get extremely nauseous, which escalates my panic because I have severe Emetophobia. I am completely terrified of vom, so much so that I haven't even done it since I was 10! That is some impressive mind over matter if you ask me!
NJhusband is amazingly supportive, but it takes its toll on him for sure. Imagine never being able to take your wife out to eat. Knowing that your presence with her in the grocery store causes her to feel ill. Having to constantly explain to your friends why your wife never goes out. I don't hide my anxiety or ask him to, but even if you try to explain it, people will never truly understand unless they have dealt with it themselves I know his friends think he deserves better and I agree, but I feel powerless to change it.
I know I just need to keep with the program the new therapist is implementing. It is a completely different therapy than my previous and I feel myself connecting with her techniques more. Yet another lesson in patience for my impatient self.
I wonder if Orion gets annoyed at his anxiety. Maybe I should take up barking....