I know it was pretty obvious that I was having panic attacks, not problems with my heart. But I still ended up in the emergency room. Thank god I managed not to make a big scandal at work. I just told them I was feeling sick and had to go home. By the time I got to the ER I was already feeling much better, but they still did a thorough evaluation and told me there was nothing wrong with my heart. I’d had a panic attack.
I read about panic attacks and learnt that if you keep having them out of the blue you might have panic disorder. If you start fearing having more panic attacks and you start avoiding things or places (like elevators) then you definitely have panic disorder.
It turns out panic disorder is very common and there are many different treatments available. I was, at first, very tempted to take a medication and not waste time seeing a therapist. But I have to be honest with myself. This is obviously happening to me because my dad had a heart attack, or maybe because of the pressure at work. The thing is that I really want to know why I am having these attacks. So I’ve been trying to find a therapist.
There are different therapeutic approaches to treating panic disorder. I chose a therapist that practices CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). CBT seems to be the kind of therapy that works best and the fastest for panic disorder. Here’s some more information on how CBT can help anxiety: CBT for anxiety.
I’ll be in touch to let you know how my therapy is going.