Facets: Meet Sandy. She's very anxious.

Meet Sandy. She’s very anxious.  

Sandy was born in Michigan  just outside of Ann Arbor. Her family moved to the Somerset Hills region of New Jersey when she was just 2 months old. She liked New Jersey. There were woods and tons of places to explore. There were people coming in and out of the house all the time, and she liked that. But they moved to Woodstock, Vermont when she was a teenager. They lived in town. She didn't much like the streets, especially when they were crowded with tourists in the fall. And it wasn’t easy being the new kid on the block. Her parents weren’t very sympathetic when she would come home teary-eyed and feeling a bit lost. They were both buck-up and keep-a stiff-upper-lip types. She managed to muddle through the newness of everything. 

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It was when her siblings went off to school that she started to get anxious. The house was much quieter with them gone. It was so quiet that everything was unbearably loud. She’d startle if the phone rang. Things that never bothered her before upset her now - a car passing at night, the sound of a door slamming upstairs because a window had been left open. The cacophony of silence made her jumpy and scared - almost all the time.

Since the house is just about always empty, she doesn’t have anyone to talk to about her relentless angst. And since her parents hadn’t shown much compassion for her anxieties before, she doesn’t want to share what they would probably characterize as self-indulgent ploys for attention. So she’s just anxious, really anxious. She’s hoping things change, and she keeps reminding herself to breathe. Sandy is almost 20.

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