I might be too attached to my mom. - Social Anxiety Forum
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-22-2020, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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I might be too attached to my mom.

I'm new here so I apologize for any mistakes or if this is in the wrong category.

I think I am too attached to my mom to the point where I experience separation anxiety. I'm 22, going to school, and I live at home. My mom and I have been through a lot together. Long story short, I found out my dad was cheating on her, and decided to tell her about it and then months of us trying to get away from him and horrible things happening ensued. Basically, we were all each other had and the only people who could understand what each of us was going through. So, we became very close. We do essentially everything together, I'm obviously not a social person so my mom is my best friend along with my sister. Anyways, the problem is that when I am in social settings or just stressed about something I have to do, I find I am constantly anxious and on edge when she is not around. Like I just started a school this semester at a new university (I am doing school online) and even though I should feel okay at home, I am overwhelmed with anxiety because my mom isn't here with me during the day. It's unrealistic to expect her to be with me I know, but it's just what I want. I feel like I can do anything with her by my side... but nothing when she isn't. I'm scared that this feeling is never going to go away and that my life is going to be severely limited because of this. How am I going to have a job when I graduate? How am I going to live on my own without her there to comfort me? It doesn't help that I feel incredibly dumb and childish for having these thoughts and emotions, and am actually extremely nervous about even typing this out for people to read. This just makes me feel very isolated and alone and like I can't do anything.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-22-2020, 02:49 PM
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I'm not sure how you'd deal with something like that - I guess slowly doing things more on your own? After a while hopefully you'll get a bit more confidence to do things without your Mum?

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