Effects of my parents drinking
I was wondering if someone could help me out with recognising the effects of my dads alcohol problem on my mental health. My anxiety is definitely a result of it, I can pin point the exact moment I started with severe anxiety and it was directly related to his alcoholism. I kind of think that I might have experienced emotional trauma, I don’t know if what I feel is serious enough to be classified as PTSD. Does anyone know if ongoing emotional turmoil is a trauma when it isn’t just one incident but an overall upsetting situation? I feel so down all the time, the stress of thinking about the situation is just too much, I can’t even cry about it anymore but my mental health is at an all time low. I’m not currently talking to my dad but that is also part of the problem as I don’t even know if he is okay. I don’t even think that I have processed the whole situation, it just seems like I am moving from one day to the next consumed by the stress of it all. I genuinely can’t see this getting any better, he is never going to stop drinking so there’s nothing I can do – yet at the same time giving up on my dad seems like the worst thing I could do, the guilt I already feel is so stressful. I guess if anyone could explain whether they have felt the same, or if what I’m experiencing is trauma or depression or just stress? Thanks.