Hi, my name is Dakota. I’m 19. I’ve lived with panic attacks since I was 14. I’m on medication for it. It helps to a certain extent. I tried having a job but had to quit cause I’m was going into panic attacks one after another. I’m scared of growing up. My panic attacks/anxiety control everything I do. I wanna have kids but when I think of it I have a panic attack. I wanna settle down eventually and have a good life. But I don’t think my anxiety and panic will let me. I can’t even move out of my moms house cause if I think of it or try to doing panic attacks instantly come. I quit school when I was 17. Due to panic attacks cause I just couldn’t do it anymore. Please any advice would be amazing.
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I would reassess things and just concentrate on your immediate needs first. Thinking about major life events such as marriage and children is a unattainable goal in this present time in your life. You are young and have many years to reach that goal. Right now you need to work on overcoming your panic disorder. It will take time and won’t be easy. I was in your shoes. My past mirrors yours very closely. Except after I left school I was agoraphobic for fourteen years. I am almost forty and when my parents pass away I will be homeless. Learn from my mistakes. Fight for your future less it past you by like it did me.
For the fourteen years I didn’t leave the house panic attacks became a rare occurrence while I was home. My parents couldn’t find a doctor that would make a house call to help me so they bought me every conceivable self help book on anxiety and panic. Sadly many of the coping strategies they offered only lasted for a short time. I only made real progress in overcoming panic attacks by exposure. I would set a goal. Say go three blocks away from my house in the car. I would sit in the back seat of the car. If I noticed the symptoms of a panic attack coming I wouldn’t fight it I would sit there perfectly quiet. I would ignore everything around me and just be still. Eventually the symptoms would pass and since I didn’t react to them I desensitized myself to that situation. If that will work for you I can not say. Everyone is different and are at different points of their recovery. I think the fourteen years helped heal me looking back now. Before I was homebound when I was in highschool I would have panic attacks daily. It was torture till I broke down at sixteen.