Anxiety.

n, Psychiatry; An intense attack of anxiety characterized by feelings of impending doom and trembling, sweating, pounding heart, and other physical symptoms.

How many of you can relate to this or have experienced similar symptoms?

Here is my story about anxiety.

I haven’t told too many people this until now. Back when I was discharging my head was going a million miles an hour and I was finding it hard to keep cool and calm.

It got to the point where I was waking up in the middle of the night gripping my chest thinking I was having a heart attack. This particular night the pain was so bad and I was struggling to breathe, I even woke my partner up as I thought I was going to need an ambulance.

The pain passed and I decided I was ok and I would go to the Doctors in the morning.

When I explained to the Doctor what was going on, he made me have an ECG done and also asked if I was on steroids 🤣 apparently it’s common for blokes my age to be on them and have heart issues! Anyway, the results came back and I was in the clear for any issues… this was a relief however I was still wanting to know what was going on.

The Doctor then asked me if I am stressed and I was honest and said yes, he then told me that I could be having anxiety attacks, however they will pass. So I went on my way. I didn’t think too much of it and I just thought I was being weak and needed to toughen up.

Over the next 6 years or so I had these attacks on and off, sometimes they were every night or even during the day. It wasn’t until I finally snapped and went into the Jamie Larcombe Centre for help that I realised I should have sorted this years ago.

I still have a long way to go and I still have them now, but I am working on myself and trying to stay on top of it all.

I figure if I share this maybe someone will take something out if it.

Cheers

Wally

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