This article, written by Dr. Lisa Holland, appeared in the Columbia Notebook, Spring/Summer, 2007
Jen, who lives with her husband and two children, recently underwent an unexpected double bypass surgery. At 50, her course of healing should have been uncomplicated. But six days after surgery, she developed a fear of being alone and would stay up extremely late because she was afraid to fall asleep.
Over a period of several months, her once-savored walks with Toby, the family dog, dwindled down to once a week until finally she stopped walking him at all. When Doug, her husband, told her that he was worried about her, she cried.
Through her tears she replied:
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me, all I know is that I’m scared I’ll have another heart attack.” Continue reading