I am a 24 year old female from Massachusetts. I had a pretty bad childhood growing up... my dad was verbally and physically abusive to my mother until I was about 12. After that, he stopped the physical abuse, but still has gone on with his verbal abuse. I love my mo
[More]ther to death.. she is my best friend. Therefore, I was always a worrier from as far back as I can remember. My parents would go out and I can remember being 6 or 7 years old and my two older brothers would babysit me and if my parents weren't home exactly when they said they would be, I would immediately think my dad did something to my mom. Here we are about 10 years later and she is still with him.. I don't understand why. My mom never worked until I was 17 years old and that was always her excuse for staying with him (that she would have no money), but she has been an RN now for 4 years so God only knows why she is still with him. I think that is where more than half my anxiety disorder comes from. My dad also has a panic disorder so that doesn't help either. I'm sure I have learned a lot of behaviors from him unfortunately.
I was suffering from anxiety and panic for about 4 years. However, it was never out of control until August 2007. Nothing in particular happened that month so I have absolutely no idea why this constant cycle of panic started to happen at that time and continued for 6 months. I was totally depressed and couldn't get myself out of it no matter what I tried to do. I was totally against taking medication up until February 2008 when I felt as though I had tried absolutely everything else. I was put on Zoloft, but I didn't feel as though it was helping and the side effects were awful for me so I was put on Celexa and I can't say enough about it! I am totally back to myself again and couldn't be happier. I am a special ed teacher at an elementary school and I work with 6 autistic boys. It's quite the challenge. I have my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and I have my Master's degree in Educational Studies with a concentration in Learning Disabilities. I have been with my boyfriend for 2 1/2 years and he is the most wonderful person I have ever met.
Anyway, I hope I didn't bore anyone! That about sums me up. I love to help people with their anxiety because I have been through a lot with mine so if anyone has any questions don't hesitate to send me an email!
Hiya Steph, its been a very long time since we chatted, and Im not on medhelp often anymore, but when I come on, I think of you from time to time, wondering how life is treating you etc, hope alls well, Sharon XXXXX
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