Panic Attacks? Imagine That?
So, I went to my doctor this morning because I was having a lot of trouble breathing yesterday. My chest was tight, I was having some pain, my fingers were tingling, the whole bit. I've been having these episodes over the past year, and I ASSumed it was my asthma, which can be pretty severe at times. However, the symptoms weren't responding to any of my meds. Turns out, apparently, I've been having panic/anxiety attacks all this time. Really? Imagine that! I diagnose this shit in people every day, but couldn't be objective about myself, I guess. What in my world could possibly be causing me ANXIETY?
No, but really. I asked her that. The mentally ill, suicide-ideating, self-abusing 10-year-old has been out of the picture for over a year. The bed-pissing, lazy, lying, manipulative, teenage sociopath is gone. Yes, we're going through a CPS investigation. Yes, BM's and her demon spawns' influence will never be truly gone, but the everyday stuff is so much more peaceful. The drama and games in our home are gone. So why the anxiety NOW? Her answer....
THE STEP SITUATION. Imagine that! Step drama causes stress!
She's actually amazed my symptoms weren't worse considering the particulars of my situation. So now she wants me on anti-anxiety meds, which I don't want. I work with people with anxiety, depression, and a whole host of mental health issues every day. I'm familiar with many of these meds and their side effects. Does anyone have personal experience with any of these (that you'd care to share)? I'm looking for opinions before I decide what to do. I'd love to be able to breathe. And sleep. And function as I should be. But I don't think I want to go the med route.
Maybe I just need to drink more?
Or...possibly...try Nutella? Maybe it has some secret healing property? I'm ashamed to say I've been on this site for ages and have never even touched the stuff (hands head in shame).