Getting anxiety counselling from Sheri Vincent was the best thing I have ever done.
A year ago today I would have never thought I would be sitting here writing about my battles with anxiety, panic attacks and depression. My anxiety started 11 years ago. I had better periods then others but in general I tolerated it. I had a great social life, a great job in the beauty/fashion industry which made me be in the public eye every day, amazing friends and family, all in all I had many things many people would have dreamt of having but I was still living within my boundaries to make sure to have the less panic attacks as possible. I still felt so stuck and numb.
One morning in May 2006, I woke up in tears. What I felt that morning was so new to me, it was such a great amount of fear that it came out in a huge panic attack. This anxiety attack lasted what seemed like hours, I had never felt so anxious in my whole life. This kept with me for a year and a half. I quit my job (doctor’s order), rented out my apartment, grabbed my puppy, and moved back in with my parents within 3 days of that morning. I felt like a complete failure. I sat in my bed in my old room and just thought to myself, “You’ve really done it this time, 26 years old and back at square one, with the parents, and jobless.”
I didn’t leave my house, mostly my bed for a good 10 months with the exceptions to my emergency visits to the hospital, my family doctor, the psychiatrists, and the many psychologists. My anxiety symptoms where flying through the roof and so many awful thoughts I felt I had no control over. I just had no understanding with anything that was going on in my own body. I honestly started believing I was on the road to becoming majorly crazy. I developed agoraphobia, a pretty bad depression, insomnia, BIG panic attacks, I pretty much had any anxiety symptoms there is out there, and I couldn’t be left alone at the house for more the 30 minutes or even sleep ALONE in my bed. The word “bad” would be a light way of describing how the situation and I were. Doctors tried to give me the quick fixes with feeding me anti-depressants and benzodiazepines, nothing, and when I say nothing, nothing worked.
Within these 11 years, I had done my research on this condition. I believed I knew it all. I got every treatment I could possibly have gotten. Name it, I did it. Name a book, I read it. I did it all. I really had lost any hope or faith that this condition would go away. I thought I had to live with this for the rest of my life, but a tiny part of me just didn’t accept it. I didn’t want to live this life, I found a TINY bit of strength inside of me and decided to look further. I decided to surf the web and thought to myself maybe just maybe there are some people out there that suffer as much as I do, maybe there is an anxiety website out there where I could connect or talk with someone that knew or would understand where I was coming from. Honestly at this point I was desperate.
This is when I landed on the Anxiety Centre website. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, I thought to myself this cannot be a scheme cause they know too much about this condition, there are people out there who have lived what I am living but most of all they are saying they have healed and now anxiety FREE! I started imagining what it would be like to live a life without this awful condition controlling my every move so I joined the member area. I then emailed them and got a quick email back saying I would start counselling with Sheri Vincent within that week. I really didn’t know what to expect and honestly it was extremely hard to believe that this would work since nothing in the past had but this was my life, I needed to try, I owed this to myself. I instantly connected well with Sheri since she had been where I was. She helped me understand, helped me with the motivation I was lacking, explained to me many things I needed to know and understand and the list could go on and on. Well today I can happily say that it was the best thing I have ever done. I am not fully recovered yet but I can say that I am on the right track to recovery and I have come a long way. I am back to living my life, but most importantly a better, healthier one. This has changed me in so many ways. If I can do this, you can. If you are in a bad place, do this for yourself.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated November 20, 2018.