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Living With Panic Disorder

Living With Panic Disorder

Back in 2007 I had my first panic attack. I didn’t know what was going on. I had never heard of a panic attack; I just thought I was dying.

Seriously, I thought I was dying. Sweating, feeling sick to my stomach, being unable to breathe and on the verge of passing out were only a few things that were going on. If you are reading this and are unsure if you can identify with a panic attack…

Here are some symptoms listed on Anxiety and Depression Association of America:

A panic attack is the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes and includes at least four of the following symptoms:

Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
Trembling or shaking
Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
Feelings of choking
Chest pain or discomfort
Nausea or abdominal distress
Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint
Chills or heat sensations
Paresthesia (numbness or tingling sensations)
Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached FROM oneself)
Fear of losing control or “going crazy”
Fear of dying

It is incredibly scary and I didn’t know why it was happening. For weeks I thought I had a serious illness and that I was going crazy. I remember going the doctor because I thought that I had a heart disease and came out with a referral to my local Behavioral Health Center. I was so lost and so confused.

Starting Treatment

I finally grew the courage to see a psychologist for my new found issues and I was a bit apprehensive. I had never been in a therapeutic setting before and it was very unsettling. I remember going into full blow panic mode sitting in his office when he asked me, “How’s your life?”  Needless to say by the time my hour was up I had two new Diagnoses: Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder.

Things were not going good for me. I was young, had only been out on my own for about a year and I was in a horrific relationship at the time. I needed to figure things out and quick because I was unstable and completely terrified.

A few sessions in, my psychologist recommended Anxiety, Phobias, and Panic by Reneau Z. Peurifoy. It took me weeks to actually go buy the book and after reading into the first chapter I now feel dumb for not getting the book sooner. From the very beginning of this book I was hooked. I was not only learning coping techniques but I was also learning as to why I was having panic attacks in the first place and how to manage my anxiety.

This book helped me tremendously. I finished my therapy sessions a year later with the help of this book and its great strategies. I’ve come a long way since 2007. My life is better, I am in no longer in a horrific relationship, and I’m happier.

On occasion, due to a car accident that caused some cognitive issues I have moments that I can’t get a grip on myself and calm myself down. I refer back to this book every couple of months and it has a permanent place inside my nightstand.

If you struggle with anxiety and panic, or know someone that could benefit from it, please get this book. It is a great tool in battling anxiety and panic. You won’t be disappointed. Anxieties and Panic are manageable and this book can help you do it.


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