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My husband’s phone is rarely out of his hand. So, when three texts went unanswered in five hours, panic set in

Stefanie Preissner


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Stefanie Preissner

Stefanie Preissner

Stefanie Preissner

Last seen today at 7:06am. Having sent three text messages in the intervening five hours, all of which had gone unanswered, my heart rate increased. As someone whose baseline anxiety is already high enough that my watch frequently prompts me to take a ‘breathing break’, I didn’t need the added stress.

One of my superpowers is that I can always identify the worst-case scenario and every potential horror in any situation. Several clinicians over the years have invited me to have a more Tinkerbell approach to life. “Think happy thoughts,” or “focus on the positive,” they say. But my brain just doesn’t work like that.


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