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  1. Emily
    April 16, 2019 @ 10:24 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I always felt like a “nutjob” as a young adult because I didn’t have a word to describe my feelings of panic, sweaty palms, fear of crowds of unfamiliar faces, etc. It was just me being weird. Now that I know, I am always looking for different outlets and coping mechanisms and I am so much more connected to my beliefs and my faith.

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    • Amy
      April 17, 2019 @ 2:20 am

      Emily thanks for reaching out. Identifying what is going on is definitely a crucial first step. You are right faith can help a lot. I remember several times getting away and saying a prayer and almost instantly feeling some relief. I wish you the best.

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  2. Brenda
    April 16, 2019 @ 5:57 pm

    I suffer Anxiety and Social Anxiety lately has been kicking my but leaving scared and with headaches. I try to overcome it myself without the Medication but it’s becoming harder to do without. I usually stop close my eyes and do the breathing method you know inhale positivity, exhale negativity but sometimes it doesn’t work. I have been waking anxious and at night it gets worse. I can’t even yell at the kids because I feel it coming so I have to keep calm at all times. I try to keep my mind busy but most times it doesn’t help I need alternatives I feel that I can’t even breath. Panick if I’m alone and I get an anxiety attack, or if I’m at the grocery store and theirs too many people I start to feel dizzy and anxious. I get you the struggle is real.

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    • Amy
      April 16, 2019 @ 6:25 pm

      Brenda, I totally can relate. It is one of the worst feelings in the world. Once anxiety is triggered it is so hard to get it to stop. When I was experiencing my anxiety the worst there was something not resonating in my life. Girl, you have to figure out what that is. Like if you wave a magic wand and could fix something in your life….what would it be? Try your best to change that part of your life if you can.
      I wish you much peace and comfort and if you need to talk please don’t hesitate.

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  3. Kari Alexander
    April 16, 2019 @ 2:22 am

    Thank you for sharing your story. My 20 year old daughter suffers with the anxiety and panic attacks. She is currently trying to white knuckle it and I’m encouraging her to go to a therapist. Reading your story helps me to understand how she’s feeling a little more.

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    • Amy
      April 16, 2019 @ 3:10 am

      Glad I could give some insight. Therapy, learning to trust yourself and your body,and doing what YOU need to do when you go through anxiety makes a world of difference.
      If you have any questions…don’t hesitate.

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  4. Lisa R. Howeler
    April 4, 2019 @ 6:53 pm

    “Some people will say that having anxiety contradicts the Christian life and believing in God and Jesus. Because if I did then I would have faith, peace, trust and reassurance, never feel alone and none of this would be happening.

    God is funny that way. I know that he used my anxiety to bring me to him and make me stronger. ”

    This part really hit home for me. I’ve touched on this on my blog as well. The anxiety I deal with (I try not to ever say MY anxiety, but sometimes I still do) is partially physical from thyroid and hormone issues, so I never say that it is all in my head. I had a Christian friend, who is no longer a friend, tell me I didn’t pray enough or rebuke Satan enough and that’s why I had panic issues. She eventually developed her own panic attacks and said it was spiritual attack. I do believe in spiritual warfare and I do rebuke those feelings when I have them, but I do not feel it is right to tell other Christians they are doing it wrong. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to tell others they aren’t doing this Christian thing right. He loves us and wants us to lean into him, but he knows there are going to be days that is going to be all we can manage. We have physical bodies and sometimes they go haywire. It’s then we ask Christ to hold us and help us through. Needless to say, that friend and I don’t talk much anymore and I honestly stay away from telling too many in the church about my issues for that reason.

    Great post.

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    • Amy
      April 5, 2019 @ 1:20 am

      Lisa,
      I absolutely agree…. a lot of anxiety comes from all the things that can go wrong in our bodies and gets everything out of whack, especially for me. Hormones are a huge factor, and they definitely are for me. I completely quite trusting my body and that caused more anxiety. I remember feeling like I had to monitor everything just to maintain some sort of homeostasis and feel somewhat okay.
      During that time I wasn’t as strong in my faith nearly like I am now and I know that if I wouldn’t have experienced that I never would have leaned on God like that.
      I am glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for reading.

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