I’m 18 years old and when I was 15 years old, I started struggling with anxiety and panic attacks, about 3 months in from my 15th birthday I was hospitalized as I was considered a danger to myself this happened 11 more times before I got therapy I continue to struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and anxiety attacks.
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- Thanks for reaching out to share your journey with the TeenCentral community. It takes a lot of courage to put your story out there for the world to see, especially when you already cope with anxiety and panic. We’re proud of you.
- It must be difficult to feel like you still have to struggle through these attacks, but we’re so happy that you’ve gotten some help. Unfortunately, the road to overcome these struggles isn’t always quick or straight forward but keep going! You can do this!
- In the meantime, if you have bad days, please feel free to check out our HELP PAGE for immediate responses.
- Part of that process is also educating yourself as much as you can about what you experience. We’ve got some great info about anxiety and other helpful topics if you check out our LEARN tab. We would also recommend learning about the MPE, a tool that shows us all the tools we need to stay protected and in good mental health. CLICK HERE to learn more.
- Do you have a good relationship with at least one adult in your life? Can you talk to them about your feelings and struggles about anxiety and panic attacks? Sometimes a good old-fashioned face to face conversation can do wonders.
- Have you ever tried using writing or journaling to manage some of your thoughts and feelings? Especially for those with anxiety who often experience overwhelming floods of emotions, it can be a good way to organize things and slow yourself down.
- Do you have a plan for yourself when you experience an attack? It may be a good idea to create one so it’s one less thing you have to do in those difficult moments. We have a support plan that might be useful under our TOOLS tab.
- Have you shared your struggles with anyone else outside your therapist? It can be really helpful to have support systems around you who can be there for you when you need. If you haven’t already, can you identify a few people in your life that you could use for support?