Sheila thought she was losing her mind and couldn’t make sense of the terror she felt. She dropped off the kids and went to the ER where she was told her she was having a panic attack.
Two and a half million people suffer, twice as many women as men. Panic attacks run in families and are associated with other conditions such as depression. Sheila remembered her mother struggled with anxiety. Her daughter, Melissa, is unusually fearful of new situations.
Sheila learned that the attacks are treatable and was told to get help before she developed agoraphobia. Agoraphobia causes people to restrict their lives to avoid the attacks. Fear of having another panic attack dominates peoples’ lives.
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