When I was younger, I experienced panic attacks a couple of times. When you just want to fit in in high school, these unexpected occurrences didn’t make life easy. They went on through my early adult life. At the time, I didn’t even know what triggered them; they would happen without warning. No one in our neighborhood had even considered that some people have genetic disposition to panic attacks! It was hard not knowing what was happening to me – I just know that I always felt fear for circumstances that felt out of control.
Writing became my solace (of course I didn’t write during the attacks). I want to say that the fear that has engulfed my life somehow lessened when I opened my journal and wrote, and it’s true. I didn’t always write about what I was feeling, but the act of putting my coherent thoughts into paper calmed me and made me feel in control. However, anxiety and its many facets don’t just go away instantly.
Now “The Nervous Novelist” isn’t a collection of literary works, but more of practical advice for the readers. I write here articles and stories of what I would have wanted to read when I was younger, just so I would have known that the anxiety wasn’t abnormal. The Nervous Novelist is for any kid, parents, and adults who have to deal with the same situation.
It took me a long time to accept that panic attacks needed professional help too. Thankfully, over the years I have learned how to deal with it (thanks to Panic Away) and picked up a few medical lessons along the way that are helpful to daily living. I wish to share with you my experience, and some tips on how to best handle anxiety. You can live a normal lifestyle regardless of this disorder – and I hope that reading these will help you to your journey of healing.
And yes I am trying to work on my first novel, but we’ll have to see where I end up with that!