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    19 Painfully Honest Confessions From People Who Experience Panic Attacks

    "It feels like my head is screaming at me to be a better me, because being me isn't good enough." All confessions courtesy of Whisper.

    1. Anxiety can be debilitating.

    2. It's especially tough when you feel like you're not good enough.

    But, you are.

    3. Asking for help can be difficult...

    4. Especially when you don't feel supported by your loved ones.

    5. While medication can help, for many, it's certainly not a cure.

    6. And just about anything can set off an attack.

    7. Sometimes excuses are easier than honesty.

    8. For some, the symptoms can get progressively worse.

    9. It can be a struggle to keep close friendships.

    10. Even the thought of having another attack can be overwhelming.

    11. Fear and loneliness do not discriminate.

    12. It can make you feel "less than."

    13. It's terrifying to lose control.

    14. It's a vicious cycle of fear and anxiety.

    15. You feel like you want to protect others, instead of burdening them with your struggle.

    16. And when you do, it is frustrating when others dismiss your feelings.

    17. The effects are not only emotional, but physical trauma.

    18. It's so hard to understand, unless you've been there.

    19. Even then, you don't always know why it's happening.

    There doesn't have to be a reason.