I experienced my first panic attack more than ten years ago. Darkness smothered my mind. My heart raced. My hands shook. I was hot. I was cold. I was too scared to sleep. Too scared to move.
Weeks passed, and the panic returned almost every night. I called out to Jesus, and He gave me hope in the midst of the attacks, but they still didn’t go away.
I memorized the first book of James, and my mind cleared as I took deep breaths and recited the words of faith in my mind.
But then I would wake up again overwhelmed by fear.
I felt like I was going crazy.
When the weight became too much to bear, I finally begged for help. It was very hard for me to tell others that my mind was out of my control, but I was desperate.
My family and friends loved me in the midst of my pain, and my parents helped me find a great doctor who specialized in nutrition. He said I had a classic case of adrenal fatigue as well as hypoglycemia—my adrenal glands were worn out from stress and my blood sugar was low.
I was thrilled to be “classic.” A strict protein diet, a rhythm of rest, supplements, extra sea salt, exercise, and a lot of prayer slowly eased my attacks. As I write this, the attacks have yet to return.
If you are suffering through overwhelming anxiety or panic attacks, please seek help! No one should have to endure this terror. No matter how embarrassing it may seem, you are not alone.
One of my favorite Bible verses these days is Philippians 4:6-7. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Following are some other resources that helped me in my battle to overcome adrenal stress: