Join Date: Dec 2001
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Wow, how awful of them to blast you for sharing your concerns and feelings. However, as someone who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, I can tell you that only someone who also suffers from then can really understand. My IRL friends try so hard, but they think that anxiety is being stressed out about something. There is no way to explain how anxiety and panic overwhelms you and changes your life.
My anxiety focuses about my health. When it really gets going I am sure that I am going to die of some horrid disease, or of an instant heart attack. It is all that I can think about. My panic attacks often come out of the blue and are miserable and wipe me out for the entire day both physically and emotionally.
For me it started around the time my ds2 turned a year old, but I went undiagnosed and called a hypochondriac by my internist for nearly a year. I finally got so physically and emotionally ill that my dh took me to the ER where I was diagnosed with anxiety and clinical depression. I spent six days in the Psych unit (believe it or not, that was wonderful and just what I needed to get healthy again.) Many people are like you and their anxiety focuses around their children. Just make sure you get help before you slide down the slope that I did. There are many meds that will help with the anxiety and panic (Lexapro and Zoloft are two that worked well for me) and are breastfeeding compatible.
If you ever want to vent privately, feel free to PM me. I'm always willing to "listen." I'm off my meds and pregnant again and doing very well, but the experience is still right under the surface.