Anxiety Success Story: Allyson

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.

peaceful lakeI 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.

Hugs, Allyson

Thank you Allyson for sharing your anxiety success story!

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2 Responses to Anxiety Success Story: Allyson

  1. Rosetta says:

    Hi Allyson whats the name of your light anxiety medication?

    • JillG says:

      Hi Rosetta, I am going to jump in here and ask that people please refrain from asking about medications in general. Anti anxiety Medication is highly individualized for each person and I am not a doctor. Neither is Allyson. This blog is a free service I provide and I do not want to get in trouble from people soliciting medical advice. The purpose of this success story is to give strength and hope to others who are struggling with panic attacks and anxiety.

      Thank you for your understanding.

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