It's An Issue, I Can't Bear.

I have suffered from panic attacks for years now. I;m on medication and see a therapist when I can. Somedays are good, others are bad. I feel as if it is controlling my life.
marleyanne marleyanne
18-21, F
3 Responses Feb 12, 2007

I suffered from crippling panic attacks for years - often being unable to leave my house for weeks.<br />
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This is a poorly understood condition and sufferers are all-too often suspected of malingering, or of using panic as an excuse to avoid doing something.<br />
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It's also been my experience that agoraphobia - which is often the end result of panic attacks - is still widely believed to be a fear of open spaces. That only increases the anxiety.<br />
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I wish you all the very best.<br />
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IT IS NOT!<br />
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In truth it's exactly the opposite.<br />
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It's the fear of being in a crowd situation in which one has no control.<br />
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As I've gotten older, my panic attacks have become few and far between, but they do still strike out of the blue now and then.<br />
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I can't really offer you any advice, except to say tah you shouldn't grit your teeth and try to conceal your anxiety out of fear of what other people might think.

What does your anxiety prevent you from achieving? I have been there. I have accomplished my goals and set new goals. What do you need to feel empowered?