After experiencing my first panic attack in my late twenties, it started a five-year slow decline into more and more anxious and fear-driven behaviors. Before that, I was optimistic, self-confident, and frankly enjoying life most of the time.
After the panic attack, I started the path of avoidance, first avoiding types of food that I thought might make me nauseous (which was my main triggering symptom), then avoiding activities and social events where the “escape” option wasn’t readily available.
Often I’d force myself to go along or do things in an attempt to push back, but I would be fear-stricken the entire time, robbing any chance of joy from the event. The self-doubt grew, and with it, my ambitions for life or work shrank.
Moving countries and changing jobs then triggered major evening panic events, and I finally started seeing a general therapist. This definitely helped and brought me down over time to more normal levels. However, the doubt and fear were always hanging in the background.
A couple of years later, when changing jobs while having baby number two on the way, another panic and fear round began. I finally gave in and went to the doctor to try some meds, however, they didn’t work for me.
Somehow, I managed to push through the fear and 100% certainty that I couldn’t start my first day at the new job. That same week, I started reading the anxietycentre.com website and seeing their recommended therapist, Vince Urquhart.
The information on their website rings completely true. It finally explained the details behind what I had been going through.
Then, talking with Vince really showed me the extra benefit of having someone who understands helping. Vince knows exactly what it feels like and has the knowledge and experience to lead you out of that dark, scary pit and back into living again.
It’s been a year now, and the contrast in my sense of self and life enjoyment is phenomenal. I’ve since had some major events that, in the past, would have sent me spiraling for days. However, now the fear response is well back into what I’d consider a normal nerves range.
Oh, it can spike up at times, but I just smile and say hello, reframe, and then let it pass.
Keep in mind that it does take time, but taking it slow, mediation, eating well, reframing thoughts, all work to calm the nervous system. Then, the thoughts will naturally become less intense and more positive.
Moments of enjoyment will come, which expand into hours, and finally, things that used to be terrifying become looked forward to.
Thank you, Vince, and anxietycentre.com for all the help and information. I highly recommend both to anyone who is suffering from, or being restricted by, anxiety. Working with you is the way through.
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