Hello everyone my name is Joe. I was an athlete casual drinker loved meeting people and going out I'm 21 years old.. I've experienced probably the most life changing experience in my entire life. About 2 months ago I experienced my first panic attack . It really didn't effect me but while I was having it I lost my mind and came out of it alone .. the next day I went to drive to my girlfriends house Ita 2 miles away I had another one in the car hAlf way there... well all I can say is I turned around and sped home and drove like a wild man it was the most terrible feeling in the world ... this was the last time I drove alone . well now all I can say is after that I didn't eat or leave my home for 2 weeks straight I was constantly anxious I lost . I finally had my.mom bring me to the doctors . He prescribed me .25 alprazolam . It took me 2 days to take the pill because I was scared too. So I did it took my anxiousness away for about 3 hours ... I can really only go in the car with either my brothers or my mother . It's so depressing .. I went from a damn normal life to this I'm loosing my relationship it makes me so sad and mad .. I don't take the Xanax really unless I have too ... I get in the car and drive around my block and I just can't leave my neighborhood. I'll go into a panic attack I'm literally loosing it im crying all the time I'm a litthe girl I'm thinking about going back to the doctors . I have college in september and all i can think about is how im going to get there life is so damn hard i give up sometimes then sometimes i want to fight its an emotional rollercoaster. The best feeling is feeling normal I feel blessed when I feel normal. Just to feel normal is the most amazing feeling no one understands what I'm going through .
Anyone use to be normal until they experience there first panic attack ? can't leave home ?
Added 7 Jul 2014:
P.s I use to play lacrosse and do literally every outdoor activity until this .. does anyone know if I'm going to be normal again ? All I have left is faith and hope. And God.
Yes your going to be normal again,what ever normal is. And yes there are plenty of Us that do totally understand. But of course we are not right next to you. And usually family n friends don't understand,unless they've experienced it themselves and or know someone that has. What happened to you,happen to me in my early 30s n yes it was scary n I was frightened n alone. No one understood n looked at me like I was Looney/nuts/bananas/bonkers/ crazy n that just made matters worse. Had me believing I was losing it !!! I was also put on xanax first n it help tremendously,but didn't last. So then I was put on an antidepressant, one that also helped with the panic & anxiety. So between the two n another it really made a huge difference for the better. It does take a little time, plus plenty of rest & sleep is good medicine. For me it was several months before I begin to really feel better n a little longer before I felt like myself again or close to it.
And I too was afraid to take the first pill. I hated the thought of having to take something to begin with to make me feel normal again when Other people could feel normal normally. Just remember this, it's different for each one of Us n the (meds) are different for each one of Us as well. What works for One might not work for another so forth. Just hang in there,you're going to make it. People get sick physically all the time n it takes time for them to get better n recover,to be will again and or manage the best they can with their physical illnesses. It's the same when someone becomes ill mentally, you have to see doctors, take (meds) n have time to recover,to get well again. Sometimes it's medicine for short periods of time n other times it might be longer n for some of Us possibly life long. Again it's Not the same for any of Us, physically or mentally. I do think personally that the ones of Us that have to deal with these types of illnesses do have a greater perspective on life n living it than the common/healthy/average person. We know it's not to be taken for granted n we also know what it feels like "so to speak" to be turned upside down, to not be so balanced n so normal. The brain controls everything n that scares Us, especially when we're unable to be in charge.It's like being in the driver's set but we're not driving n that's terrifying. We're there n usually aware everything, but unable to do anything about it. The panic n fear is hard to describe! I've shared this with you so you will know you are Not alone! Even our experiences are different. But having the panic the anxiety n more ... We can relate. Sending you well wishes n a big tight (((hug))) n a prayer filled with love just for U. Please keep Us posted?
My very first panic attack was at the mall. Out of nowhere it hit me, I thought I would surely die right there. I was put on Prozac, (after having several more I decided to see a doctor) and never had one again. there is light at the end of the tunnel for you I promise. Please see your doc again and see what he has to say.
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