I know its not easy being a woman suffering from anxiety who’s trying to take control of her life… especially when you are tied up most of the time working a 9-5. And when you think about it, trying to piece all of this stuff together and find a place to start can seem overwhelming. So I just want to take a minute to let you know everything is going to be fine. How can I say this? Because I know how you feel. Overcoming Anxiety wasn’t easy for me either and I sure had challenges of my own…just like you do now.
I remember when I was suffering from anxiety back in 2008. I experienced, what I later realized was known as, anxiety and my first panic attack of many more to follow. I was frightened and confused. It seemed as though it just came out of nowhere.
For a year and a half after my first attack, I was experiencing anxiety along with panic attacks on a daily basis. Some days I would have 3-4 attacks. I was scared to leave my house. I was scared to be by myself and I was scared of life.
Life as I knew it no longer existed. It was the most challenging time of my life. I had no idea what was happening to me. I was in a constant state of fear and worry. I lived my life wondering if I was going to make it to see another day, hour, minute or breath.
My symptoms varied. I experienced dizziness, racing heart, heart palpitations, muscle spasms, chest pains and tightness, numbness in my face, arms and legs along with trembling. Since these symptoms also mimic those of other serious medical conditions, I was sure that I was dying of some disease or on the verge of a heart attack. Thoughts of imminent fear consumed my life on a daily basis.
I took numerous visits to doctors, specialists and to the emergency room. I had countless tests, scans and procedures performed on me. At the end of the day, everyone gave me a clean bill of health.
At that point I was more confused than ever. My Husband and I decided to take matters into our own hands and try to figure out what in the world was going on with me. We were determined to get down to the root of all of my issues. We were not going to stop until we were successful. I just wanted my life back.
After countless hours of research we finally realized that what I had been dealing with all along was Anxiety. Anxiety is something that will grip you and steal your life away from you in an instant.
Most people who experience anxiety do not even know it is indeed anxiety that they are experiencing. They are certain that they are either going insane and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Sometimes, even those around you begin to believe that you are “losing it” which makes it worse.
I am here to tell you that there is hope and that YOU CAN CONQUER YOUR ANXIETY just as I did.
I am so very excited to be able to share my road to recovery with as many women as possible. You may feel alone and lost, but please know that there are many other women going through the exact issues you are at the moment and they feel the exact same way.
Anxiety and Panic can affect anyone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder” and Approximately 6 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 2.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have panic disorder. These numbers are startling yet comforting at the same time. Please know you are not alone. I am here to help!