I don't usually post on this board (I'm a regular at the Ulcerative Colitis board), but I think I've been having mini panic attacks for the past few days (I don't think they're full blown) and I wanted to bounce it off of you guys and get your input. Here's my story:
I've always had a certain level of (mostly manageable) anxiety, which tends to get worse when I have Ulcerative Colitis flare ups. A few days ago I was sitting in a coffee shop with a friend and all of the sudden I felt short of breath, my whole body got really hot, and I felt like I was going to "freak out" (don't know any better way to describe it). I also felt kind of like something was crushing my head from both sides. It only lasted for a few seconds, and I managed to pull myself out of it before it got too bad. I had this happen a few times as the day went on, and over the past couple of days it's happened a few more times. It's so weird because I know that nothing is wrong, and I don't feel depressed or anything, I just feel annoyed by them and want them to stop. I'm pretty certain these are panic episodes because both of my parents have GAD, and my dad also has agoraphobia and OCD.
I suspect this may have been triggered by the fact that I've been making alot of progress in therapy lately, and I've been letting go of alot of familiar but bad habits that aren't serving me anymore (i.e. ending a few relationships/friends that were unhealthy, changing jobs, etc.). Although I see that this is great progress in my life, I wonder if I'm freaking out because this is new and totally unfamiliar territory for me and I don't know what' coming next. One part of me knows that it's totally fine not to know what's coming next, but another part of me is totally freaked out.
Does this sound like something I should seek treatment for, or does it sound like something that will go away as I adjust to these changes in my life? I don't really know what to do, since neither of my folks handle their GAD very well. I don't want to let this control my life in any way, I just want to do whatever it takes to get better. Any input would be much appreciated.
Diagnosed Ulcerative Pancolitis