Dear Carolyn: My husband has recently become very anxious, specifically about fire danger. Yes, we live in a fire-prone area, and there have been several big fires in the past few years. But our house is 100 years old and has survived in this environment for that long. He refuses to consider that he should address his anxiety rather than making a plan to move away.
I dont want to move! Our friends and family are here. But the difficult part for me is that being around his anxiety seems to be making me anxious. I find it very difficult to feel calm and happy when he is keyed up and super-tense. Can anxiety be contagious? Contagious?