Hello, I’m a 17 year old male. I’ve been dealing with panic attacks and stress for 2 years. I’ve tried a lot of things and nothing seems to help. I’m asking this community because I believe you have a lot of knowledge and experience in this area.
The panic attacks started when I got sick with Pneumonia, Bronchial infections, and fever all roughly the same time. It took me a few months to fully recover, and I am fine now. But since then I’ve dealt with overwhelming panic attacks and stress levels. Usually there’s fear that I will get sick and also a lot of depression. I start to feel like I can’t breathe, and I will hyperventilate. Sometimes these panic attacks will last for hours on end. I’ve asked some people what to do to help, and usually they tell me to be more positive. I’ve tried to do this, but I seem to be a negatively-inclined person, because it never fixes anything long-term. Recently I feel like the panic has gotten a lot worse. 4 or 5 months ago my parents divorced, right as I was starting my first semester of college (yes, I graduated high school early). With this in mind, it’s easy to see that I am naturally more stressed, but I can hardly bear it. I’m almost addicted to monitoring my breathing to make sure I’m okay, and I’ve started getting slightly suicidal. I don’t really know what to do. I’m a Christian, but it seems like the last thing I want to do when I’m having a panic attack is read the Bible. I want to freak out. And after two years of trying to stop panicking and failing, I’m starting to lose determination and feel like I will deal with this for the rest of my life. So I have 2 questions: Will I always be this stressed? And does anyone know things I can do (and stick with) that will help me calm down?
Sorry about the long post. I hope someone here will be able to give me advice