Hi everyone. Um this is my first time doing this. I'm 19 years old and from Egypt. Recently moved countries for university. I had no idea what panic attacks were until I went to my GP and told him of symptoms I was feeling lately and he diagnosed me with it. I haven't felt stressed but he seems to think it could be subconscious stress. After careful consideration I realised there were a few factors that perhaps triggered this: my sister was diagnosed with cancer during summer and it's been an incredibly emotional time for me. I live in dorms which is an hour away from where she and my family stay at. I see her every weekend but I never want to leave her. I'm constantly thinking about her and praying for her and it's just all very stressful and emotional. What's worse is if I feel this ***** I can't even imagine how she feels. I've just moved countries so obviously I haven't really had people to talk to and in fact, despite how exciting university life is supposed to be, i ended up being very anti social. I've only recently realised how much the stress is actually my fault. I'm used to being surrounded by a circle of people who have loved me and i've known for 8 years. So i realised that i haven't really given the people here a chance and i've shunned myself from everyone and all possible fun where i perhaps could of released my stress. This is the second factor. That and me being homesick. I've been reading a lot about my condition and it's quite relaxing understanding it all that it's almost silly. I've tried breathing techniques and even gave hypnotherapy a shot. Lately i've been feeling better but it comes and goes.
I'm just here to help anyone I can and hope to relate to people and people to relate to me. I feel like people nowadays, especially us, don't talk or express our emotions enough and so that's how our stress builds up until it ends up causing panic attacks and anxiety. I hope to motivate people and for people to motivate me.