Panic attacks are characterized by heightened feelings of disaster or of losing control even when there is no immediate threat. The fear can be limited to a specific circumstance, such as getting in an elevator or driving over a bridge, and some attempt to manage their disorder by avoiding certain situations. Many people associate agoraphobia with panic attacks. While agoraphobia was originally thought to involve a fear of public places and open spaces, experts now believe agoraphobia is a complication or outgrowth of panic attacks. People with panic disorder are fearful of having another attack and often avoid places where previous attacks have occurred. As their attacks become more frequent, their world gets smaller and smaller. About 6 million adult Americans suffer from varying degrees of panic disorder, with women being twice as likely to suffer from this mental health issue as men. While it can occur at any age, panic disorder commonly begins during late adolescence and early adulthood.
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My problem is that I think my thoughts, feelings and beliefs are true. Or I, at least, feel that they are real. The only change from yesterday is the lack of an assault on my brain (I think it’s actually starting to come back right now… I can feel it. The only option that appears is to live feeling this overwhelming pain every moment. Typing that, I know it isn’t true so I mean that it’s difficult to tolerate these feelings for a long time, which seems to be the only option. Husband once said he was surprised how mean my brain/I am to myself.
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The oncologist would rather be conservative with their prognosis and be wrong than the opposite. So yea! But that’s about something I’m taking care of…. Something outside of me which is part of the current problem; not having enough inside of me to be able to keep taking care of all these creatures and people outside of me. I have a psych appt on Tuesday which is good/bad. Good because psych appointment during time of need. Bad because it involves taking my dog up to Wisconsin to stay at the place where Husband stays during the week which is a rural wasteland with a friend who is…. SO draining and exhausting to listen to that I look forward to not having to deal with her.
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