“A friend asked me to explain what things I couldn't do. I answered that it would take much less time if I simply listed those things I could do.”
I have chosen to focus on my healing, and to say only a few words about my long period of suffering. Chances are, you already know – firsthand or secondhand – more than you'd care to know about the suffering! My own suffering had its unique form, but essentially, it was no different from what you probably already know.
After my first two panic attacks, I awakened each morning to an instantly racing heart, hyperventilation, and cresting waves of fear and apprehension. My range of activity for each day was dictated by my agoraphobia, and my range gradually got narrower and narrower.
Every aspect of my life was deeply affected. Once, a friend asked me to explain what things I couldn't do. I answered that it would take much less time if I simply listed those things I could do.
At my low point, I was buffeted from morning to night by waves of panic anxiety, and I was barely able to venture one block from my apartment.
To summarize a story that could fill many pages, I spent years doing everything I could to heal from this condition. After many disappointments, my tenacity finally paid off. I found my answer.
The answer I found was the deeply transformational process of learning mastery over my panic and anxiety.
For me, there were two keys to learning this mastery and curing this condition: education and practice.