Step One: Remember Every Dumb Thing You’ve Ever Done

21 Oct

I am prone to panic. I think of it as THE DEATH SPIRAL. You know how you wake up in the morning and you remember something you have to do that you don’t want to/you forgot something important/your in-laws are coming? (Me? I NEVER have this one. I have awesome in-laws! Hi guys!) Imagine feeling that way ALL THE TIME. That’s sort of what an anxiety disorder is like.

I rarely have full-on panic attacks. But I get these little baby ones that are just as annoying. Fortunately, I am able to get excellent psychological care and am well and appropriately medicated. That doesn’t mean that they still don’t pop up from time to time, as happened last night. Because describing a panic attack to someone who doesn’t have them is a bit like explaining the concept of infinity to a six-year-old, I’m going to try to construct a timeline of a panic attack. Feel free to print, clip, and share with the ones you love.

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