What can husbands do to cope with fear?

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Question from quaker: What can husbands do to cope with the fear?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Clearly, those people closest to us suffer from some of the same fear and uncertainties. It is normal to be scared of something that threatens your life, and the lives of the people you love. But, the anxiety can sometimes escape control. I think that talking to each other, and expressing your fears and uncertainties, makes a huge difference. Don't worry that sharing these fears will make your wife's burden worse. It's best to get it out. You may find out that you have different sets of fears. And, that expressing your fears is another way of showing your love for each other. That can be very comforting. Try to talk to each other during the day and evening, when you're able to think and express yourself most clearly.

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