Hello To All,
When I experienced my first panic attack, I was headed to an orientation for college, that was 16 years ago, I was 31 at the time.
As time went on, I continued to experience symptoms I didn’t understand and thoughts that overwhelmed the logical mind. I had no earthly idea what was happening only that I knew I desperately wanted these thoughts and symptoms to stop! Easier said than done that’s for sure. Eventually I came to a point in my life where it was more comforting to stay within the confines of my home.
about four maybe five years ago I finally discovered what I was having was a panic attack. Holly Crackers, there is actually a name for it, I’m not a nut case after all (although, some would debate that). Once I knew what I was going through I ordered books, read articles and purchased the Attacking Anxiety course from the Midwest Center. I draw my biggest strength from the books by Dr. Claire Weeks.
Finding professionals that deal with panic/anxiety disorders are non-existent in my area. The cost of seeing a psychiatrist is out of the question. And quite frankly, I don’t feel that it’s necessary to visit where I’ve been but more importantly, where I want to go from here.
With the advice from my books, support from this forum, I strongly believe I will be able to manage the panic/anxiety attacks and with that lead life on my terms.
"It is never to late to be what you might have been". -George Eliot