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How to handle anxiety in dealing with hostile ex


DEAR CAROLYN: My ex and I divorced about two years ago after years of emotional abuse. We share custody and communicate only by text, as it’s still a toxic relationship with a lot of anger on both sides. I try hard to put the kids first, and we attend school events together mostly drama-free, but it causes me a lot of anxiety.

Our daughter’s birthday party is this weekend. I am not hosting but will be attending. It’s been a tough week with a lot of hostility from my ex and I’m really dreading it. How can I get through and celebrate my kid when I really just want to run away screaming?

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DEAR POST: I don’t blame you — that sounds so demoralizing.

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