I have finally decided to talk with other people that have experienced panic attacks or panic disorder and hoping that if I know other people have experinced some of the same things that I have, it will help me start healing and living a "normal" life.
I had my first panic attack at age 17- no warning, I just remember lying in bed and feeling my heart race. I thought I was having a heart attack. I woke my Mom up and we drove to the hospital- I started to hyperventilate and felt like I was about to pass out. I had my first EKG that night and it was normal.
Fast forward 20 years and many trips to the ER followed by EKGS(which were all normal) and I still suffer from panic attacks. I have done so much research on the subject and I know that it is a condition that is really in my mind, but in the throws of a panic attack, I am convinced that I am losing control and feel that I am dying.
I have developed a fear of driving on crowded freeways and dread the thought of being stuck (I feel trapped) in traffic. I have found ways to avoid freeways and if I start feeling panicky I call someone to distract my attention, it helps, but I just want to be free of this panic. I feel that I have wasted so much valuable time and I want to get better.
It will be great hearing from other people who may have experienced some of the same things that I have.
I look forward to reading some other peoples post and hopefully they will help on my road to recovery.