For as long as I can remember I have had anxiety. On and off. Some months I feel great, I can get up go out and do anything. Other months I spend each day fighting panic attacks trying different techniques and pills to stop the anxiety along with the unwanted side effects (for me it’s chest pain and stomach ache). As I’ve got older, progressed in my career, had a family and so forth the worry about the side affects has increased and this has lead to me worrying about getting the side effects before the anxiety has started which then brings on the anxiety. Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on the side effects and tried lots of pills for the stomach, pain killers for my chest and head, changed my diet and much more but I’m now at a point where I know there is nothing wrong with me. I have anxiety and it’s the anxiety I need to cure to relieve the knock on issues. With the support of my wife I’m now being more honest with myself, with her and with friends and family, not hiding the anxiety or panic attacks like it’s somethkng shameful but facing it. I have various things such as mindfulness I am working on and I’ve increased my exercise, working on the cause not the effects. Time will tell but I finally feel I’m on the right path to fix something I have had to battle for as long as I can remember.