Frozen in Anxiety

All of us endure anxiety from time to time. From the simplicity of giving a presentation or trying something new to the severity of daily fear.

I have experienced different levels of anxiety and most times it was nonexistent. The magnitude varied and it was always connected to the novelty of life, during a challenging event, or after a traumatic one.

In my late teens, while enduring the transition to college life, I developed panic attacks. I was uncomfortable in closed, crowded settings and became extremely self-conscious. At one health expo event, the fear of hyperventilation made me seek the exit door. I had to leave or the panic would not subside. I was able to seek calm away from the claustrophobic convention center. I could not go to the grocery store, bank, attend college functions or any place alone. The fear made me hypervigilant of my surroundings.