Posted 6/24/2016 10:42 AM (GMT -7)
"about 8 weeks ago I had a panic attack (1st and only ever one) to be honest - it frightened the life out of me."
"Since then I constantly feel shake inside, lightheaded and my stomach is churning all the time, also feels like my chest is tensed and warm. Had 2 ecg's (ok)"
"I was fine before the panic attack and never got stressed or anxious. Pretty fit and always active. I just don't know why I'm feeling this way constantly."
When I was about 27, I was out of a job, and therefore for me, out of socialization, I got depressed in the first few days from being out of a job, and it got worse in the next 3 weeks or so, until it was like a 1,000 pound weight on the top of my head and I had a nervous breakdown.
What has that got to do with you? Maybe nothing and maybe everything.
Decades later, looking at that from a personal historical perspective, I can more easily see that it was "time" for my emotional problems to break out--manic-depression in my case.
That is, I was at the right age for manic-depression to break out (we'll say 20-30), and in a way, it didn't make any difference what was going on in my life at the time, the mental illness was sitting there ready to break out.
It could have been a year or two earlier, it could have been a year or two later, but maybe it was waiting for the right combination of age and stress, with the inherited mental illness in the mix, also.
It turned out, I inherited that, my mother's mother had manic-depression, and her son, my uncle, had that also. So, I'm telling you, there were clues.
Are there any clues in your family, a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, who have had anxiety problems? You may have inherited that.
Either way, I guess treatment for anxiety is what is next. I've also found that having a good attitude toward this problem or any other, is a big help for me. I read a column, that said, if you have a positive attitude going into a problem, that you can solve it, increases the chances of solving it double. I think it's triple or more.
My problem was I had a negative unconscious that was always undermining my conscious's attempt to solve problems (whispering to me, "you can't solve that." "That solution won't work." "That one won't either.")
Once I learned to be consciously positive going into a problem ("think positive, think positive, think positive"), to take control of my hidden negative unconscious, learned as a child, I did a lot better.
So, I'm just wondering if there is some mental illness in your family's background? If there is, it may be easier to ID what you have, and how to treat it.