You worry about everything: things that might happen, things that already happened, worst case scenarios. It’s gotten to the point where you can’t focus or make decisions, and you feel frozen by the fear of “what if?” You wish you could just turn your brain off sometimes—if not throughout the day, then at least at nighttime. A decent night’s sleep would be nice, because you are absolutely exhausted!
You decline invitations to social events for fear that you’ll somehow make a fool of yourself. After any social interaction, you find yourself replaying the conversation over and over in your head, wondering just how awkward you must have sounded. You’d love to speak up or participate more, but even the thought of all eyes on you makes your heart race, skin flush, and stomach hurt. At night, you lie awake reliving every uncomfortable moment, wishing you could just stop this critical voice that will not let you live your life.
Many people suffer from social anxiety, though often they believe they are just shy. If your symptoms are impacting your quality of life, leading to physical illness, or keeping you from doing things you know you’d enjoy, then I'm here to tell you there’s help. Therapy can assist you in quieting the negative voice and achieving your goals.
Seemingly out of nowhere, your heart starts racing. You feel short of breath, sweaty, and shaky. Your vision starts to blur and you’re filled with overwhelming fear and dread. The first time it happened, you thought you were dying: is this what a heart attack feels like? You know now that it’s another panic attack, but you have no idea how to stop this from happening again. And what’s worse, you find yourself living with the fear that it’s going to happen again: what if it happens in front of people?
If it feels like panic is in control of your life, know that it does not have to be this way. Panic attack therapy can help you identify triggers, learn coping skills for how to decrease panic symptoms, and how to stop a panic attack once you are already there. Isn’t it time to show panic disorder it’s not the boss of you?
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