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Topic: Asbestos anxiety

3 posts, 0 answered
  1. Calli.198
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    1 posts
    9 June 2020

    Hi all,

    Would really like some advice on how to cope with this overwhelming anxiety I am feeling right now.
    I have never been diagnosed with anxiety but believe I do have it and certain situations set my anxiety off to the point I can no longer deal with the thoughts.

    Recently, there was asbestos removal undertaken next door. I had been really concerned about this removal and on the day of the removal some how our external door (which is on the top story of our house on the same side as the asbestos removal) which I checked was locked, had blown open.

    I’m not sure how long it was open for but I fear now my kids will be harmed from this as they were indoors but in the same room where the door was opened.
    I feel like asbestos fibres could have blown into the house as it was a bit windy that day and feel they are still in the house.

    My kind keeps playing the situation over in my mind and I feel this overwhelming guilt that I have hurt my children. In checking the door was locked I must have opened it by accident.

    I feel sick to the stomach when I think about, have been waking up with panic attacks and no matter what I do I can’t feel a sense of calm. In googling conditions associated with asbestos it says they take 20-50 years to develop.

    I worry I am going to feel this worry my whole life. It is disabiling and stops me from doing simple tasks in my day to day life. Whenever I pick myself up, my mind goes straight to the situation.

    Please any advice, I am struggling to forget this and keep going with my life!

  2. Sophie_M
    Sophie_M avatar
    3379 posts
    9 June 2020 in reply to Calli.198
    Welcome to the forums Calli.198,

    We're sorry to hear that you're experiencing anxiety at the moment. Please know that there are ways to manage anxiety. You might find it useful to take a look at the Beyond Blue "Treatments for Anxiety" page to see if it can give you any ideas for treatment strategies - https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety/treatments-for-anxiety

    Or our page for "Anxiety management strategies" here - https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety/treatments-for-anxiety/anxiety-management-strategies

    Please feel free to keep us updated on what you're going through here on your thread whenever you feel up to it.
  3. Emmen
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    17 June 2020 in reply to Calli.198

    Dear Calli.198,

    It's a terrible situation to be in, to be anxious about the harm we have unintentionally inflicted upon our children. Short-term exposure to asbestos of this nature is unlikely to cause any harm to your children. The effects you usually read about in the news is generally associated with long-term exposure to it (e.g. in the case of people who are constantly exposed to it at work). While the effects may take years to show up, it is highly unlikely that your children were harmed by this one incident.

    If you are still concerned, for peace of mind, you could clean your house thoroughly and leave the windows open for a bit to air it out. I would also stop googling these things because personal experience tells me that it's more anxiety-inducing than helpful.

    I hope this helps.

    Take care,

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