I know prolonged stress and trauma triggered mine. However, I also know physically my system is out of balance and there is, I think, resulting chemistry out of balance-low serotonin...
I fought meds for a long time. I have been taking lorazepam daily, then about 4 1/2 weeks or sago, I started to GRADUALLy tray SSRI- my doctor know s I didn't take the "normal" dose, but have ben tapering on, like someone would taper of. Small amounts gradually. So no side effects by doing this.
I found it has been helping A LOT!
I am NOT a pusher of med, however, if your chemistry is off, it might be a possible help? Talk to doctor about it.
I don't have kids, but can relate to the noises thing for sure... The agitation etc. Intrusive fears- anxiety constantly.
in my opinion, the noise thing etc shows hormones etc are out of whack... Just my opinion... But I think it shows, it is not just a thought induced anxiety...
I had a few tests that confirmed things like my glucose is off, thyroid was low etc. Just when one's hormone system is thrown off it affects other hormones and chemistry etc.
So many things can cause anxiety issues and chemistry to go out of whack.. Even digestive stuff etc.
Hope this helps!