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Re: Hi Everyone
Sep 17, 2005
Here is my story...
I've always been someone who worries about everything, it's just my nature. I'd never really had a full blown anxiety attack until a few weeks ago when I woke up from sleeping and my heart was racing like mad. I really thought that was it, I was going to die. I've had a couple small attacks since then, but nothing that bad. But since then I just don't feel like the old me. Some days are fine, but then others I wake up with a nervous feeling that lasts hours. Last weekend I went to Walmart and while stadning in line, I was so worried that I was going to have another attack. I know that thinking about it only makes it worse but how can I not? My doctor prescribed me some Lopressor (beta blocker) to help with the racing heart b/c that is probably the worst part about it in my opinion. It is helping a great deal. I am a little bit afraid of trying an antidepressant at this point...but who knows what will happen in the future.

I've been trying to do things to help me relax. I started writing in a journal and that helps tremendously. I go in my bedroom and close the door and just write about my day, how work was, whatever comes to mind. I've also found that doing stuff around the house helps burn off some of my nervous energy--today is Saturday and I'm going to do a lot of cleaning!! It is hard for me b/c I have 2 kids and a husband to take care of and I feel like I can't do it as best as I can. I know it has only been a few weeks since all of this started but looking back I can see how it has built up over the years. And I hope I can find a way to get past this somehow.

I agree with everyone else....reading these posts are very helpful to see that I am not alone, I am not crazy, it is not all in my head. I think people who don't have problems with anxiety and panic don't think it's a real disorder. I am lucky that even though my husband doesn't really understand how I feel, he wants to help me figure out how to make it better.

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