Bekki, 26, Ireland

img_20161226_204059“In 2015 I had my 1st panic attack. It was the scariest moment of my life. I thought I was going to die.

Rushed to the hospital to be told I was fine. From then on the panic attacks got more frequent. Until they were happening every day and I couldn’t even sleep at night. I didn’t know why this was happening.

I eventually was referred to the mental health hospital in my hometown. I stayed there for 2 months. I was afraid to leave. I don’t even know why. I would just tense up even going to the front gate. I cried nearly every day.

Tried lots of different meds. But the only thing that got me through was to face that fear. Pushing myself to go out where I felt so uncomfortable. It took a couple of weeks for me to feel okay about leaving the hospital.

A year and a half later, I’m back to work, not fully recovered (don’t think I ever will) but now I know how to control my anxiety and to deal with it one day at a time.”




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