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Anxiety and Panic: More Than Just Nerves

I haven't wanted to write this post.  I'm very reluctant to share my struggle but I feel like I have to tell the truth.

I suffer from anxiety and panic disorder.  I used to think it was just my nerves but it's a very real condition that affects my life in many ways.

Right now my mind is screaming, Delete! Delete! Delete!  Do not admit this!

Yesterday, I shared a post on Facebook about wanting to run away from my life sometimes. There's no other way to describe it.  I genuinely love my husband, my children and my job.  I'm grateful to be alive.  But there are moments when I am overcome by anxiety, unable to think rationally.  My instincts tell me to run.  The urge to flee is so strong that I can't focus on anything else. It's like my brain is stuck, it's flipped "on" and I can't find the "off" switch.

Sometimes the anxiety is so bad that I have a panic attack. Panic disorder is brutal.  My first panic attack happened June 15, 2017…

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