I wanted to post an update on the panic attack tango.
There's been this tectonic shifting happening in my emotional landscape... slow and deep. Things are moving in ways I did not think possible.
I am currently medication free after having really bad reactions to the last few I tried, and finally, just realized that now was not a time I could afford to feel that bad while trying to feel better. I've dived deeper into therapy-- different modalities than before-- and, rather suddenly, the sadness spigot was turned on. And the anger spigot. Nothing Big and Dramatic except there is a now a presence where there was an absence. Tears come a lot now, often, but not for long. Sadness comes a lot now, but not for long. Anger comes now, but not for long. Each comes and goes, comes and goes, and with each has come such an incredible richness.
Panic attacks are still triggerable- so I am not CURED (angels singing)-- but I am developing a different relationship to it/them.
I know it will not kill me (because it hasn't) and I know it will not stay forever (because it has always passed)-- so now, when it happens, it is horrible. But then, it is horrible and then, eventually, it is gone again. And I am still here.
I am not feeling cocky, trust me. This is about reveling in the differences, the changes, the widening, and deepening, the shifting, and the trust. The trust that I will live, and it will go. If this lasts? great. If not? I am so grateful for the break. So grateful.