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09 Oct 2006

Scared of being home alone
Hi Doc!

I'm a 23year old woman, I'm married and 5 months pregnant with our first baby.

I'm very scared of being home alone, when I'm alone at home and someone is at the gate, I'm too scared to go out.

When I was 17years old, I worked at my parent's shop and then got robbed by one of the people who used to worked for us. He threatant me with a knife agains my back and I gave him all the money, what else could I do?

I think that is still working on me. I'll be fine for a while and then something happen or I hear about something that happend to someone, then it start all over again.

About a month ago someone came into our yard while I was home alone, and he walked around in our yard and broken into our maid's room and stole her handbag.

Now I'm a nervous reck again, I even struggle to fall asleep, when ever I hear a sound, I'm up and looking through the windows to see if I see something.

Now past Saturday, my poor husband had to come home from work, just so that I can go to the shops, I was too scared to go out alone.

Please tell me what should I do? I can't call my husband all the time to come home when I'm scared.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

This is understandable and must ve rather unpleasant, Mopsie. This is a dangerous country, so feeling concerned and cautious is appropriate. But with the hormonal shifts of pregnancy, can make one more moody and vulnerable than usual, too. But from your broader story, it seems quite likely that past of the problem is post-tramatic in nature, and a response to your earlier horrible experience of violence. Discuss this with your husband, and consider alternatives, such as a security complex ; are their friends and/or family who could spend more time with you and be available to accompany you while you are out ?
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