I suffer from panic attacks and depression over the sillest of things. When these panic attacks occur, it is very difficult to focus on anything but the subject causing the panic attack, even though I know the subject is silly.
It’s making life unbearable & its difficult to keep things into perspective.
Why do you think God is permitting this to happen?
I could understand if it caused me to turn more to Him, but it causes me to turn away from Him because I ask Him for these panic attacks to stop, but they don’t
Does anyone know of a Patron Saint for Depression/Panic Attacks?
I would appreciate some advice please and/or prayers.
Almost 25 years ago, I suffered from them. They can definitely be terrifying. In my case, it was stemming from a sudden change of environment and triggered “agoraphobia”. This makes it difficult to leave the house.
After a counselors listened to me and never really gave me anything more than his ear, I finally fired him after 3 sessions and took matters into my own hands.
I realized that I had to confront the very thing I was afraid of - leaving the house, which is when the panic attacks would strike. So, I signed up for a softball team - something I like. I was in the middle of a panic attack when the ball was hit to me the first time, and that was about the end of it. It got my mind off of the attack.
First you have to realize that no matter how hard your heart pounds, people don’t die from panic attacks. Its a great time to say some Hail Mary’s. Use your intellect to reason with the unreasonableness of it.
If you need to, find a counselor or psychiatrist, or even talk to your family doctor. You need to understand what condition is triggering it. Is it agoraphobia or something else. More than likely it is something that can be identified and once you are there, it is a matter of confronting that head-on.
I’ve been free of them since I learned to gain control during that softball game. Each day it was easier until they were gone weeks later. Freedom!
I hope my story gives you hope. I did not rely on medications to deal with it, but you need to decide that with a doctor or psychiatrist. If you go to a pscyh - find one that is willing to work first without medication, then fall back on it as a last resort.
God Bless and good luck