I posted this reel on Instagram the other day. And although I do have fun creating these, I always want to make sure that the true message is received.
I’m going to go through each Q & A that's in the video because there is so much to elaborate on! And you don’t have to watch the reel, but it might help put this all together for you.
Q1: Did I accept that I had to live with anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia?
A: Nope! Although at the time I accepted that I was struggling with anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia, I refused to accept that I had to live with it forever. I think it’s important to accept where you currently are, but I don’t want this to be confused with accepting what your future will look like.
My mom would often say to me, “Shannon, you won’t struggle with this forever…” And I truly didn’t believe her because it so often felt like I would never feel true peace and joy. But she was right. I was capable of overcoming it and I did!
And anxiety is a part of life. It exists for everyone. You will always have moments of anxiety, but it’s your reaction in moments of anxiety that’s so important. If you tell your brain, ‘see, you are never going to feel peace,’ your brain is going to believe that this is true. Just like if you tell yourself that you have to learn to live with anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia.
Please, don’t accept that you have to live with anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. You don’t, and you won’t!
Q2: Did I struggle with anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia for 15 years?
A: Yup! I sure did. And if you don’t know my story already, here’s the best place to start.
Q3: Do I have panic attacks anymore?
A: Nope! I haven’t had a panic attack in years, and I used to experience them every single day. It took staying dedicated to the tools, me, and my mental health to overcome them. If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out my free guide on how to work through and eliminate panic attacks.
Q4: Did I try medication?
A: Yup! I did. I actually tried a few different medications.
Q5: Did it work for me?
A: Nope! Unfortunately medication didn’t work for me. If you’d like to read about my journey with medication, check out this blog post.
Q6: Did I still overcome it without medication?
A: (Spoiler alert) Yup! I want to say, there’s absolutely no shame in trying or taking medication. Medication works for many people. I just wasn’t one of those people! And you don’t have to take medication long-term if you don’t want to. Sometimes medication helps people to get to a stable place so that they can focus on tools and practices that will help them to overcome their struggles, and then they discontinue using it with the help of whomever prescribed it. And if you choose to not try/take medication, that’s okay, too! I am proof that it's possible without medication. You have to do what’s right for you.
Q7: Do you have to live with anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia?
A: Nope! You don’t. I truly believe this.
Q8: Can I help you overcome it?
A: Yup! I am dedicated to teaching you the knowledge, tools, and practices that will help you to overcome anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. I know how hard it is, and I want to make sure that your journey isn’t as hard as mine was, because it doesn’t have to be!
I spent over a decade in therapy and thousands of dollars learning the knowledge and tools that got me to where I am today. I share my knowledge, tips, tools, and practices in my blog, in my videos, on Instagram and Facebook, and will soon be releasing an online course!
My online course will help you to identify what’s contributing to your struggle with anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia, and teach you the knowledge, tools, and practices that will help you to eliminate your contributors so that you can start reaching your goals and live the life you want and deserve to live!
You are capable of living a life of peace and joy, so don’t accept that you just have to learn to live with anxiety, panic, and agoraphobia!