I'm Lorraine and I'm seventeen years old.
I thought it is finally time I do something about my anxiety.
I had my first panic attack when I was 12 years old, I had been going through a very hard time in my life and it just suddenly happened.
After my first panic attack happened, I was very scared to leave the house, I think it was the fear of having it happen again.
After a few weeks I started to try and venture out, but often with a trapped feeling, and would often result in a panic attack, within the next two years I suffered from numerous attacks.
For the next two years I also had frequent Agoraphobia or at least feelings associated with agoraphobia. I didn't tell anyone of these feelings except my closest friend, I didn't even tell my parents. They knew something was wrong but they let it slip because of the recent events that had happened.
Since 2009, I had finally taken the steps into beating agoraphobia and these feelings. I was out the house a lot of the time, and I would no longer get the panic attacks. Although these feelings were replaced with anxiety, about pretty much everything and quite severe OCD.
Up until now, when I would get anxious about something this 'thing' would be in my mind pretty much all the time, thinking over and over, and not being able to stop thinking about it, even when it was subconsciously there it would cause me great anxiety- I would often get the symptoms of a panic attack but only a few times suffered a full blown attack, but I would have heart palpitations, racing heartbeat, sweating, pressure, .. impending doom.
I have only just found the confidence in myself to tell my parents how I have felt for a long time, and that's the biggest step to getting over/controlling the anxiety I have ever taken and now I am joining here to share my experiences and ease my mind and to also try and help other people with theirs as best as I can.
If anyone read all that, thank you very much C: