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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.

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1. Anxiety can be debilitating.

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

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But, you are.

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3. Asking for help can be difficult...

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

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

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

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7. Sometimes excuses are easier than honesty.

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

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

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

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11. Fear and loneliness do not discriminate.

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

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13. It's terrifying to lose control.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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There doesn't have to be a reason.

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