I'm a bit late in responding to you, but I wanted to wish you a warm welcome to the Healing Well family. The members here are wonderful and are a wealth of information, support and are very helpful.
I agree with the others in that fact that IF you were going crazy you wouldn't know it. I have suffered from anxiety and panic for about 20 years and it can be scary at times. I get short of breath, feel like there is a weight on my chest, have a huge knot in my stomach and my muscles tense up (especially in my back and shoulders). It's hard to get through it sometimes, but what helps me is having someone (usually my husband as he is my "security blanket") talk to me, trying to get me to focus on something other than what has triggered the attack. There are times that I also wonder if I'm going crazy, but then I start to think logically and know that I'm not crazy - just anxious and panicky.
You have already received some great advice from the other members, but I will add my two cents in as well - lol. Although you can't avoid your triggers because then you will be hiding from life, there are a couple of triggers that I do have to avoid for now - large places such as Walmart is a huge one for me and I have recognized that as being a limitation for me; as much as I hate to admit it. But you have to take baby steps as that's important to know - baby steps. This will not be manageable overnight, it will take time and you have to remember that.
You are by no means alone in this disorder and coming here will show you that you aren't alone. We can help and support you through this. Please keep posting so that we can get to know you better and support you. I am very happy that you found this wonderful site.
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Dx: Agoraphobia, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Essential Tremors, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S., Mitral Valve Prolapse, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea
Rx: Abilify, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin LA, Rozerem, Valium
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