Today’s anxiety success story is from Allyson. She is on the road to anxiety after a very difficult start to her year, and shares what works for her.
This past January, I had a terrible panic attack in Walmart. I end up in the emergency room and stayed in the hospital for a night. I wanted to stay in the hospital so doctors could figure out what was wrong with me. I’m a 40 year old mother of 2 young boys and never have experienced a panic attack in my life.
During my hospital stay, all my physical tests came back fine, including a brain scan! I go home thinking all this is behind me and I began having panic attacks daily.
My family all lives in New Orleans and I’m here in Houston, Texas; therefore, I didn’t have a lot of support. My husband has been very encouraging reminding me daily that this is treatable and many others are dealing with more serious things.
I began taking light anxiety medication this past May and I am still taking it. I had side effects for awhile, but I stuck it out and has really made me feel normal again. I would recommend light medication to anyone suffering as much as I was.
I had so much anxiety in March that I wouldn’t go to restaurants or stores. I hated my life, but wanted to feel normal again for my husband and my boys.
I found an amazing counselor who let me know that I would get through this. I also have been doing Neurofeedback with her twice a week. It helps!! It’s considered experimental, but I believe it has helped me!
It is now the end of October and I go to stores all of the time, restaurants , etc.
I’m getting better and it shows!
I am currently planning a trip (back in March, I never thought I could travel again). I told my family that I rather have cancer than this because it was taking away all the things I used to enjoy.
I don’t feel that way anymore.
I love life and enjoy each day. I don’t take anything for granted anymore. Today, I’m celebrating the fact that I’m finally building a house here in Houston (a dream I have had for years!).
I feel strong again and like the old, ambitious me again. As I said I am still taking some medication. I intend to stay on it for about a year and when I build up my confidence, I’ll wean off.
I hope this story helps someone out there. I was pretty bad off this past January. I let many problems build up which triggered the first, horrible panic attack. I try not to let things bother me so much anymore as I know what can happen.
Jill’s stories and emails inspired me. She gave me so much courage and I always like to keep in touch with her. She truly touched my life, even though we have never met face to face. If I can offer any advice, please let me know.
Thank you Allyson for sharing your anxiety success story!