I've probably had low grade anxiety since I was a child. I remember feeling the same feeling when my father was drunk and/or my parents would fight and/or my mother was in a manic or depressed state. But I began feeling this way 24/7 with or without a reason to be anxious in about Feb 07, when I was 52.
I am like Georgie, I most likely had anxiety since I was a child .
As my core values and bleieves were set when I was young I was taught to believe that I was dumb, fat and just in the way so I felt anxious at school or any time I had to perform.
I had my first Panic Attack 26 years ago and that was when I was dx by a physician and went to therapy for the first time.
Good Question Maz.
I had my first panic attack when I was 5 years old, but I was always a "sensitive" child so my anxiety, I believe has been with me since birth.
I really learnt to fight panic when I was in my late 20's (yeah - slow learner!!) and my quality of life has improved drastically since I stopped seeing myself as a victim and realised I was a survivor!
Oops forgot to do my maths..I guess that means I have lived with A/P for 29 years
The earliest I can remember as having real panick was at the age of 6 when my intoxicated father began beating on my mother... and tried to drown my sister who was having her bath... she was about 9 months old... so I wrapped her up in a huge bathtowel...grabbed my little brother ( 3 ) by the hand and escaped... my mother found us at 11:30 that night still walking the streets afraid to come home.... so I have been battling panic, PTSD, depression, general anxiety for the last 45 years.
My children keep me bound to this life.... otherwise I think I may have succumbed to it all years ago... they are my saving grace!
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002. Medications: Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.