Being involved with DCF can create undue anxiety. Some clients worry about their case, which may lead to physical and emotional distress.
DCF anxiety is a common but an unhealthy feeling. You might have DCF anxiety and not even notice it. All humans experience different forms of anxiety at some point in their life. DCF anxiety becomes problematic when it interferes with your daily routine. When your worries lead you to bad results this is also a problem. When DCF’s involvement develops into worry it holds you back and you get paralyzed by fear, which is a problem. Some clients involved with DCF experience this.
DCF anxiety can also be experienced when a parent has their children taken away for adoption. In an article from the Huffington Post, written by Mirah Riben, titled “The Trauma of Mothers Who Have Lost Children to Adoption”, she discusses the findings of a documentary called “A Girl Like Her”. “The women share the discovery of their pregnancies, how their parents reacted, how they felt like disappointments and their total lack of say in deciding how the “problem” was to be handled. Given no option other than relinquishing their children, they were berated, disgraced and humiliated; their will was broken. Cast out by their families, the “black sheep” were herded to Homes for Unwed Mothers, weighed down with a heavy mantle of shame. What the women describe is methodical emotional abuse that leaves deep scars.” (Riben). This shows that the anxiety and emotional distress that mothers experience when their children are taken away is severe.
Some of the symptoms of this type of Anxiety may include;
- Muscle tension due to worry.
- Feeling on edge.
- Racing heart, inability to catch your breath, shaking or sweating.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS) that worsens with anxiety.
- Your DCF anxiety can lead to you avoiding doing things you would normally do.
- Inability to relax when there is nothing stressful going on.
- Inability to sleep.
- Having your concerns get stuck in an anxious “loop” that repeats itself.
- Trouble concentrating due to worry.
- Inability to let go of a concern or push it aside.
The good news? Whether it’s a low dose of medication or therapy, evidence shows that anxiety is treatable. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, you can treat anxiety by doing the following; getting enough sleep, exercising, eating well and getting proper nutrition, and avoiding nonprescription drugs, alcohol, and caffeine. You can also reduce anxiety by taking deep breaths, taking a long walk on the beach, using aroma therapy (diffuser and or candles), acupuncture, doing volunteer work, and by doing yoga and meditation. You can also talk to a licensed therapist to help reduce your anxiety. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “Psychologists are trained in diagnosing anxiety disorders and teaching patients healthier, more effective ways to cope. A form of psychotherapy known as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is highly effective at treating anxiety disorders. Through CBT, psychologists help patients learn to identify and manage the factors that contribute to their anxiety.” (APA).
Still don’t believe you can overcome your anxiety? Neither did Jennifer, who, according to HeartMath.com, dealt with anxiety for several years. When she moved to a new home, she was to anxious and afraid to ride her city’s underground metro. She avoided riding it for three years, until she sought the help of a therapist. Through multiple therapy sessions and treatments, Jennifer gradually became less anxious about issues that had caused her anxiety, such as crowds. Six months after starting her therapy, she was no longer anxious about riding the metro, and does so on a frequent basis. While she admits she still has anxiety from time to time, her life has dramatically improved thanks to the treatment and sessions she had with her therapist.
While DCF anxiety can make your situation feel terrible, don’t let your DCF anxiety get the best of you. Don’t give up your fight against DCF! Your mind is very powerful and only you can control your thoughts, words and actions! You can fight through it, and you can win!
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- “Beyond Worry: How Psychologists Help With Anxiety Disorders.” Monitor on Psychology, American Psychological Association,
- “Overcoming Anxiety – Jennifer’s Story.” How to Create a Successful NonprofitForProfit Collaboration Comments, 6 June 2017,
- Riben, Mirah. “The Trauma of Mothers Who Have Lost Children to Adoption.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 7 Dec. 2017,
- “Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress.” Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA,