Did you mark most of those statements as true about yourself? If so, you could be suffering from the beginning stages of Anxiety or Panic Attacks.
- I often feel tired even though I have had a good night's sleep.
- Sometimes my heart seems to race out of control even though my doctor says I don't have a heart problem.
- I often have insomnia.
- I have bouts of backaches that hit me for no apparent reason.
- Indigestion, diarrhea, or headache frequently keep me from functioning at my best.
- I can face some situations in my life without hyperventilating or "going all to pieces" only with the help of a tranquilizer or good, stiff drink.
- I have one or more relationships that cause me to feel nervous at times.
- I frequently work later than my co-workers and often bring work home.
- I have at least one bad habit that I have not been able to break.
- Secretly, I just don't believe I measure up to other people I see.
The first step toward achieving freedom from it is to recognize that you need to change. The second is to realize that you can choose to change. And the Third is to make a commitment to change. You deserve happiness, peace, success, good health, and self-esteem. All it takes now is a decision that you are going to change!
From Anxiety and Panic Attacks: Their Cause and Cure by Robert Handly and Pauline Neff. Ballantine Books, 1985
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