Looking for advice

Hi everyone,

My name is John. I'm 18 years old and for the past 3 years I've suffered from bad anxiety all around. I'm scared to go to public places (especially where a bathroom isn't close by), and I have constant panic attacks. This began 3 years ago when I was in a car accident, with my grandmother. The wreck wasn't severe, and no one was hurt. It shook me up bad. I don't know what happened that day, but it has ruined my life. I've tried CBT, numerous types of medication, and exposure therapy. I'm not gonna lie, every day is hard. I struggle to want to go to work. I don't go to class face to face anymore because I'm afraid of having to leave mid way through lecture. With all that being said, I have not given up hope. I know there is someone else out there who has struggled as bad as I have. I want their advice. I know that this is all in my head, and I can overcome it. I would love to hear how some of you have beat anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. What has worked, what hasn't. I'd love to hear it all.

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  • So sorry you are going through this. I can imagine what daily life must feel like. Have you been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) by chance?

  • No I haven't.

  • Well it sounds like PTSD to me. Often this will go of it's own accord but if not you might have to seek treatment. Is there a counsellor at your college? Or you could go to your doctors. There is treatment available which might help.

    There is a good site on here called PTSD so why not join that one as well.

  • Hi John

    So sorry you are going through this at only 18 years old. It sounds like you still need to get some answers. Since the car accident was traumatic, I agree with the others. It could be PTSD.

    Thank you for sharing what is going on. We are all here for you and listening!

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