Hello there and God bless! I too experience the same feeling as well. I havent been to church in about
. I just get sooo panicky while I am there, but I notice, as soon as I get in the car to drive home..I seem to be more relaxed. This is especially frightening to me because I LOVE to go to church and it bothers me...that I would feel this way while I am there. I mean..afterall....church SHOULD be the one place where I do feel RELAXED and safe..etc. The more I think about
it, I am wondering if it is because in church you have to SIT for long periods of time and be reverant and maybe that subconciously makes you nervous. You mentioned that you can go play tennis with mom, and shop without any problems. Those are activities where you are MOVING...church..you arent. What exactly happens to you when you go to church? What kinds of panic symtoms do you get?? I usually get very dizzy/off balance, and sweaty, and just feel as though I am going to pass out right there in church. I have been going to church ever since I was baby, and NEVER had this type of thing happen to me untill I started to develope an anxiety disorder. It is strange, I know...because why, when we have gone all our lives( I am 38) would we just get this way now??? Very confusing.
I was wondering, if you dont mind me asking, is there anything you might feel nervous about concerning God? Like, have you had any dissapointments in your life recently, anything you might be upset with God over..etc?
I would suggest, since you mentioned you have always gone to church( I am assuming you are a Christian), that you take this to God in prayer..ask Him to show you...why would you get so panicky in church. Tell Him how much you love going there to worship..etc. and ask Him to help CALM you and reassure you that you are in HIS care !
Please keep us updated on how you are doing!
In His Grip,
'I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.' ....Walt Witman
"Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.".....Galatians 6:2