New to Panic Disorder - Open to Any Advice
My Story: I had never had an issue with anxiety until this past October 2017. I was a happy go lucky person and was able to control any minor anxieties that I had. On October 14, 2017, I had my first panic attack that landed me in the emergency room. The first month or so following my first panic attack was terrible. I ended up having to quit my job because I was having multiple panic attacks a day. I didn't want to leave the house, even going to sleep would send me into a panic. I went to a psychologist, who I still go to weekly, and I have made a LOT of progress in the past 5 months. I was able to get another job, and get back to a somewhat normal life. However, I don't get the joy out of life that I used to. I used to love going to restaurants, going on vacations, hanging out with my friends, going to baseball games. Now, even though I am doing way better, it seems as if my life revovles around my anxiety. I live with constant anxiety about flying on a plane, going to a baseball game just incase I panic,I am afraid of even taking a sip of alcohol, I don't enjoy the things I used to. I continue to see my psychologist once a week, but I wanted to reach out to a different group and see if anyone has advice on how to start enjoying life again and stop living in fear. My panic attacks are less frequent, although my anxiety about panic attacks is just as frequent. Any advice on getting back to a happy life is MUCH appreciated.