I am a mother of two children. I work part time and am a full time student. I am studying psychology. How ironic, I know. I have been an anxiety/ panic sufferer for about 9 years now. Over the years, it has gotten to where is suffer from OCD, agoraphobia, depression, mania, socialized anxiety, well you name it. One thing I have learned, if you dont get a handle on it when it starts, it will blossom into a group of worse symptoms all on its own. I have ran the gambit of Dr's. and medications. After deciding, I didnt like who I was on medication, I went off. It had been about a year now. Let me tell you, everyday is a struggle. Doing simple things for most people is something I can not. I hold my family hostage as well as myself. I am excited to hear from others, and visit and talk with others about their issues, how how they overcame their anxiety, or how they cope with it. A psychologist once told me, "You need to understand, panic disorder is something you will live with for the rest of your life." I refuse to believe this.