My name is Jenny. I’m a mom with a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters (college age and beyond). I’ve had panic attacks since I was ten years old. At that time, I had no idea what was wrong with me. I never told my parents how I felt because I didn’t know how to describe my scary and weird sensations. I thought there was something really wrong with me that could never be fixed.
I finally reached out for medical help when I couldn’t take it anymore. I was in my early 30s. My diagnosis: panic disorder with agoraphobia.
My daughter Talee started showing signs of panic attacks at nine years old. I knew right away what was wrong, but didn’t want to admit it. The last thing I wanted was for my sweet little girl to have to deal with the terrifying symptoms like I did.
We’ve made it through — Talee and I have our panic attacks under control. I know there are millions of people dealing with anxiety. Sometimes it surprises me how often I meet people who have panic attacks. And to think I used to believe I was the only one.
My hope is that this blog will inspire and motivate other people with anxiety, and parents with anxious children. One of the most important steps on the journey to recovery is to know that you are not alone. Please feel free to comment, I’d love to hear from you!