Hi my name is Mackenzie, I have been experiencing bad anxiety attacks almost 2 or more times a day since my fiancé left. I don’t sleep well at night and other nights I don’t want to sleep. I don’t have a job and am stuck inside 24/7 with my daughter and friend. I have been crying more and half the time don’t know what to do with myself. I don’t want to hurt my friends or family, and don’t want to hurt myself but I’m scared if I don’t get help soon something bad will happen and I don’t want anything to happen to anyone.

A. Hi Mackenzie. I am sorry that you are struggling. You should make the phone calls necessary to get help. I am not certain who you have called for help but I would recommend your contacting:

  • a primary care doctor or nurse practitioner
  • your local community mental health center
  • your local health department, or
  • your insurance company for a referral.

Anxiety attacks can be frightening. In fact that’s really what they are, periods of extreme fear. Many people have experienced anxiety attacks. They have sought treatment and have received very positive results. Effective treatment exists for anxiety attacks. Both psychotherapy and medication are recommended treatments.

Continue calling until you receive the proper help. If your anxiety becomes too overwhelming or you feel that you cannot control your behavior, go to the emergency room or call 911. The hospital will evaluate your condition and provide immediate treatment which may include medication that will diminish your anxiety. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle