I have suffered from anxiety attacks since I was four years old. I clearly remember the first real attack I had. I was lying on my parents floor and I had woken up from a dream where there was this large dog who was dying. When I woke up I started to hyperventilate and I was having sharp chest pain. I must have been a very strange four year old because I went to my parents and informed them I was having a heart attack! lol needless to say they didnt take me seriously. Ive continued to have them on and off since then and I am now 22. Not only do I have the attacks, but sometimes Im in a constant state of panic. All day long the anxiety nags at me like an intruding thought. For no reason at all my heart speeds up and I get dizzy, sometimes I even get hives. The only remedy I have found, and it doesnt always work, is taking a hot shower or a bath. I try to completely clear my head and concentrate on the sound of the water. Its a lot like meditation I guess. I wish people who dont suffer from anxiety understood just how disabling it can be.
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