Panic and Anxiety Attacks
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Do you suffer from panic and anxiety attacks? If so you are NOT alone, it is said that just over 35% of the population will suffer at some point in their life. I suffered for 10 long years, until I finally found the answers I needed to be able to cure myself. So, yes, anxiety is treatable and no matter how many false dawns you've had so far, you don't have to "just live with it". I am not going to ramble on about how easy it is and offer you the latest miracle cure, I will leave that to others. What I do want to offer is help and advice from someone who went through it and came out the other side, someone who went on to study the subject way beyond my own recovery, so I could go on to dedicate my life to helping others.
This site was set up to help others and is packed with free help and advice. The only products on here are my books 'At Last A Life' and the sequel 'At Last A Life and Beyond', together with the Anxietynomore app, the purchase of which is totally optional. I don't place any adverts on the site and turn down every request to place other affiliated products on here. I did not want this to be just another website on anxiety, I wanted it to be the last place anybody would need to visit in search of recovery from anxiety and panic. I also genuinely want to help others. There is no better feeling than changing someone's life for the better. I also understand, through my own experience, what an awful, lonely place it can be.
Symptoms of Panic and Anxiety Attacks
- Lack of emotion
- Difficulty breathing
- Headaches/tight band around your head
- Lack of sleep and feeling constantly tired
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of interest in anything
- Racing heart
- Disturbing thoughts
- Constant worrying/feelings of stress
- Paranoia about what people think
- Blurred vision
- Feelings of Panic
- Pins and needles
- Constantly anxious
- Feeling like you are going mad/not with it
- Feelings of hopelessness
I recognise the symptoms above only too well, as this was a list I wrote down all those years ago describing how I felt. There are many more I have heard over the years. But they all stem from the same root cause - Anxiety. Your symptoms may feel unique to you, I know I felt I was the only one to suffer in this way, but rest assured, there are many, many people around the world who suffer in the same way.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Paul David and I suffered from every aspect of the anxiety and panic disorder for 10 years, until I reached the point where I thought I could never recover. I would panic whenever I went out and suffered chronic anxiety until I could no longer function properly. I was constantly depressed, had no interest in life, I suffered with depersonalisation which brought on feelings of unreality to the point I truly thought I was going mad, thoughts raced around all day, making me feel locked in my own mind. I just felt as if I was walking round in a dream while the world passed me by. I lost my job, many friends and, more importantly, it robbed me of my whole personality. What had happened to that once confident person who could enjoy life?
This is when I first went to see a doctor. I remember that first meeting like it was yesterday, me sitting there talking at 100 miles an hour, thinking "I don't know what's wrong with me, but you're a doctor, just give me my magic pill and I will be on my way." All I was told was to go on my way and take it easy. I did not want to take it easy. I knew there was more to it than that, but if the doctor did not know what was wrong with me, then it must be serious. This was the start of 10 years of being seen by one doctor after another, one therapist after another, so called experts that just read from a medical manual and taught me nothing at all. In fact I never even got an explanation of what was wrong with me. I spent more money than I care to remember on so called miracle cures. I tried every anxiety treatment available to me and nothing worked. If only I had known then what I know now, I could have saved myself all those years of suffering.
My own recovery from anxiety came because I was finally given the advice and support I needed. This was given to me by someone who actually knew about the subject and did not just read from a medical manual, he, like me had actually been through it. He understood what people like me were going through. With the help I received and my own studies, I was able to fully recover and become the person I am today. It was after my recovery that I decided I wanted to dedicate my life to helping others, this led to me spending years studying the whole subject of anxiety and panic and being able to realise the good information and discard all the bad.
Trust me when I say that everyone can recover, once they have received the right help, support and information. I have spoken with many sufferers of anxiety around the world and far too many of them spent years like me going round in circles unable to find any answers to how they felt. As in my case, they feel the medical profession has failed them. This is why I built the site and wrote a book on the subject so I could finally give these answers that people so crave.
The main mistake people make is they make it their daily aim to get better. We all want to be better today, not tomorrow. That is why we go from one treatment to another, desperate for something to make this awful thing go away. The truth is there is no overnight miracle cure. If there were, we would all know about it and someone would be very rich. When I was told this for the first time, it was such a relief to me because I thought that I had to keep searching for that elusive cure that would make me feel better instantly. Once on the right road and with the correct information though things will become a lot easier, once you not only realise why you feel the way you do, but also what is keeping you in the cycle of anxiety and panic, people are completely unaware that they re creating what they feel, there really is no outside force doing this to you..
The trouble with anxiety is fears begin to build and this is why it is so important to have a better understanding and an explanation of why you feel like you do. In my case the more I understood the easier things got. I also learnt that I had been doing everything wrong. I was fighting my symptoms, I was anxious because I was anxious, I was running away from how I felt, everything I was doing was just adding to my feelings of anxiety. I was spending every day questioning how I felt, thrashing my mind, because I just did not understand why I felt like I did and having no idea how to make myself feel better. Every day just seemed like a daily battle with myself and it was the battle that was keeping me in the cycle, in my attempts to get better I was actually making myself worse. When we don't understand why we feel like we do, we have nothing left to do but to try and figure it all out ourselves. This is the reason we feel unable to detach ourselves from our thoughts and how we feel; the constant thinking eventually tires our mind and is the reason we feel so emotionally spent and fatigued.
The first time we feel anxiety is in most cases due to a period of stress and worry that builds up over time. Our body can take so much then says 'enough is enough' it cannot take the stress and worry any longer, this is where the word breakdown comes from, your body has been run beyond it's capabilities. Your body needs a time out, but it does not get one because the way you feel becomes your new problem, you worry and ruminate about how you are feeling, you may think you are going mad, you go from one doctor to another trying to get some answers. The trouble is all this worry and stress adds even more stress to your already tired body, your symptoms persist and in many cases become worse, so you worry even more. This was me and was exactly the reason I spent years getting worse and not better, I was basically in the full anxiety cycle.
The knowledge I gained through and beyond my recovery made me want to share what I know and stop others suffering through lack of understanding and incorrect information, this is why I went on to write a book on the subject entitled 'At Last A Life'. The book continues to get very good feedback with many doctors and therapists recommending it to their patients. It was written to give people the answers that so far have eluded them. So many people who have read it say it has changed their life and it is something I am very proud of. I have also received some lovely emails from many people who have read my book, thanking me and also asking me to never stop helping other sufferers. I have attached a couple of these emails below. Both emails are genuine and have the permission of the sender to be published.
I just would like to take the time to write to say how thankful I am that you took the time to write your book and share your experiences with others, you truly don't know how much you have turned my life around.
Within the space of a year I had gone from a confident non stoppable girl to an anxious quivering wreck. Everything just got worse - driving on the motorway - the underground - and anywhere that was not home was spent with days planning the journey, escape route and breathing pattern! Until I was so mentally worn out I just gave up.
I have probably brought every book, CD and herbal remedy on the market with nothing helping. I even thought about counselling and hypnotherapy and then I saw your book on line. All I can say is you simplified it so much and it was as if you were talking about me. It all made sense at last! Everything just slotted into place. It was the year of stress at work that had taken its toll on me, not the fact I was slowly going mad!
With your help and advice I now go everywhere I used to and do it all normally - not counting trees, trying to breathe, or with the little voice "do I feel ok"? with me wherever I went. I really can't thank you enough - I was on the verge of house bound before I read your book, but now I feel I have my life back.
Thanks again and good luck with the book!
I just wanted to tell you thank you. I started reading the book about 4 weeks ago now. I have tried so many other things (spent a small fortune) that I was hoping this wouldn't be another disappointment. I finally found something for the first time in ten years that is working consistently.
My symptoms sound similar to yours with severe generalized anxiety without much panic. I noticed small changes within the first week. Now on week four, I'm noticing even larger changes. I know I'm on the right track because nothing has ever worked for this amount of time. It's amazing that when the body symptoms start to lift that you start to automatically make other changes, positive thinking, no longer catastrophizing small problems, controlling anger better, etc. I think that we are so buried under the body symptoms that there is no way to work on that stuff until the anxiety starts to lift. I'm so happy to tell you this.
Make no mistake, I still have some bad days and moments, but after learning the tools in the book, I know how to handle these small setbacks. I have the power back. I hope to meet you someday and thank you in person. I would be happy to give a free testimony to anything that you ever become involved in. Thanks again for helping me get through this nightmare of a disorder.
I chose the title "AT LAST A LIFE" because it summed up recovery for me, because I finally had my life back. Not only did I want it to give others a full understanding of anxiety and panic, but also why they feel like they do and what is keeping them in the cycle, I also wanted it to come from someone who had been actually been through it, someone who could relate to how you are feeling. If anyone asks me what the most important thing is in reaching recovery, I say 'understanding'. Understanding what is wrong with you is so important, it takes away so much fear out of how you feel and fear of your condition is the very thing that keeps it alive. The main reason people continue to suffer is because they are bewildered and don't understand why they feel like they do, this in turn then stresses them and has them living inside their own head looking for answers.
Recovery is within everyone
The way to overcome anxiety is through knowledge, not through a pill or some miracle cure you may read about somewhere. Fear is the main reason anxiety symptoms persist. If you visit any forum on the subject, 90% of questions are fear based. Why do I feel like I do? Am I seriously ill? Will these feelings ever go away? The list goes on; this is why it pains me to see so little good information on a subject that so many people suffer from. These people can never hope to recover in their present state because every day is filled with fear; they are trying to think and fight their way out of how they feel. When they hit one brick wall after another, they become more bewildered than ever. Until we can bring more awareness to the subject, I feel we will still get forums and doctors surgeries full of people crying out for help and so much needless suffering through lack of information will continue.
'At Last a Life' is not a book about breathing exercises or the latest medication, it is my story of recovery from 10 years of suffering from anxiety and panic. I am constantly updating it so as to include all the symptoms that people fear the most, the feelings of unreality, the worrying and disturbing thoughts, feelings of depression and panic, the over active racing mind, and many more common symptoms. The first thing people say after reading it is that for once someone has finally explained why they feel like they do and made it so easy to understand. This is exactly what I wanted to do, I wanted people to have the answers that I craved all them years ago. I felt like screaming out "When will somebody finally tell me what is wrong with me?" This was always the problem, nobody ever could. One of the main aims of the book is to tell people why they feel like they do, so their whole day is not filled with fear and worry of their condition - as this is the very thing that keeps people in the cycle, if you fear something it is bound to dominate your day, if you don't understand something you are going to go round in circles, constantly thinking and worrying about your symptoms and how you feel.
Although the book contains far more information than what it is on the site, I have tried to add many pages that you may find interesting. 'At Last a Life' has had tremendous reviews and excellent feedback, but the purchase of the book is totally optional, so please do take the time to look around my site. Why not visit the Anxiety Q&A page where I answer the most common questions I have been asked over the years. Anxiety Tips and Anxiety explained pages will also give you more help and advice. I do hope you enjoy my site. I dedicate it to all sufferers of anxiety and panic in the hope that in some way it helps give some answers to your symptoms and the way you feel.
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