You just woke up. As a matter of fact, you have been woken up. It is here again. The shortness of breath. The heartbeats are so fast. You think to yourself ”I definitely will need hospitalization this time”.
The following day at work, a colleague of yours shares what happened to her the night before. She had just gotten into her car after a lovely family gathering, when a young man dressed in black opened the driver’s door, pointed a gun to her head and asked her to step out of the car. Your colleague previously believed that she had no problem knocking an attacker down. This time, however, she experienced a new sensation. Her heart was racing, she could hardly breathe and her palm was sweating. She literally froze. She could neither attack nor get out of the car and run. Luckily for her, there was a police car nearby were two policemen saw the incident and arrested the carjacker.
Both you and your colleague experienced similar physiological symptoms. The only difference is your colleague can relax after the stressful; truly dangerous event has passed. On the other hand, you are experiencing those intensive physiological symptoms as if you are being carjacked when you don’t even own a car.
This is just one of the symptoms of GAD (General Anxiety Disorder). You are tired of it. Now you are anxious about being anxious. It is vicious cycle that doesn’t seem to ever end. Your close ones may not understand the intensity of your anxiety. This is because the majority panic only when they are put in a situation when panicking will actually do more help than harm.
The number one question that you are probably thinking right now is ”will this ever end?” The answer is YES! Make now your turning point.