When Christine gave birth to Ben, she was determined to keep her anxiety under control so she could give him the best care and love possible. But at the time, she wasn’t getting any treatment for her disorder. To complicate matters, the pressure she was putting on herself to keep things under control was, in fact, aggravating her anxiety under the surface.
On days when she was particularly stressed and anxious, she would hear a baby crying from somewhere close by. She’d go check Ben’s room, but he was napping soundly. Again, she’d hear the crying and check just to be sure. She recognized that the crying wasn’t Ben, and it wasn’t actually coming from a real source at all. But that realization didn’t help make the crying go away.
She wondered, can anxiety lead to psychosis? Or did she have another problem taking hold in her mind? It wasn’t until she visited a treatment center that she was able to find some answers—and some relief for her distress.