I’m looking forward to talking about something I was confused and silent about during those years; panic attacks. As a teenager I did not have a clue what was wrong with me. I thought I was going crazy. My body was so full of panic on a regular basis. I would be hot or ice cold, shaking, swallowing hard, and short of breath. Sometimes I would get headaches or an upset stomach. My skin and lips would turn purple from lack of oxygen. I was literally making myself sick.
In the beginning, the triggers for the panic attacks were school, doctors, or going to the dentist. A few years later I could barely leave my home. I was in my early 20’s and I was too scared to live my life. I was miserable and decided to take action to fight this disorder. I will always have some anxiety, everyone does, but with the help of medication and support it no longer runs my life.
I hope I can help a few students who will be or are going through anxiety disorders and be able to at least recognize what the problem is. I want the students to know that they do not have to live in fear and they are not alone – help is out there. I wish anxiety disorders were talked about when I was in high school, but at least this is a start.