My name is Sam and I have been diagnosed with GAD and Panic Disorder and I have been living with it my whole life. I am a healthy and active 18 year old and in the fall I will be continuing on to play collegiate softball. One of the biggest struggles I have faced is that when I am working out (especially running) I throw myself into a panic attack after a few short minutes because of my shallow breathing. My therapist has told me that because I have had anxiety for so long, I never properly learned how to breathe. Aside from the breathing, I also find it very stressful that I cannot mentally push myself to keep going.
I wish that I had the mental toughness to push through my difficult summer workout, but I am so scared that when I get to college, I won't be able to handle it and I will just have a year full of constant panic attacks. I have been working on breathing exercises at the request of my therapist, but i'm definitely open to other ideas.
Has anybody gone through a similar experience, or have some insight? Anything helps