When something mildly bad or inconvenient happens, I have some sort of panic attack.  I’ve only been this way for about 5 years now, and I had no traumatic experience to trigger it.  The latest example: this morning I lost my bus pass and had to drive to class.  I couldn’t find a parking spot so I was going to be late.  Once I realized I was going to be late, I just snapped.  I was first panicked and thought of all the horrible things that would come of this, even working up in my head that I would fail the class if I was late (not true at all).  Then I just got angry and punched my steering wheel multiple times.  Then I just got sad and cried.  This happens often over the silliest things.  If I get lost, if I can’t find my keys, if my neighbor is making too much noise, I completely lose it.  I’ve never been violent, or even expressed to anyone else that I’m feeling this.  The stress has gotten so bad that my dermatologist says I’ve got stress induced hair loss and my blood pressure will get so high I’ll get a headache.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I don’t want to feel like this!

A: I’m so glad you wrote in. I don’t want you to feel like this either. It sounds really intense and painful. Here’s what I want you to do: I want you to go in to your physician or a licensed mental health professional and get an evaluation. Watch the video for the complete answer.

Take good care of yourself,

Julie Hanks, LCSW