I have spent the last week or so trawling the web for the best anxiety and panic attack support forums. There are quite a lot out there, but to be totally honest with you, most of them are not particularly popular. There’s nothing worse than getting involved with a forum that no-one visits!
I did however find two forums that are not only busy, but full of extremely helpful and understanding people. People who know what you’re going through, because they’ve been in the same spot.
The first forum is called No More Panic. The forum actually covers various issues – from panic attacks, to anxiety, to O.C.D. However, you may well recognize that most of the topics are intrinsically linked.
At the time of writing, there are hundreds of people on the forum, which means that any message you leave will likely attract a lot of attention and help.
To get started, check out their “Introduce Yourself” section.
The Social Anxiety Support forum, as you might have gathered, is focused primarily on social anxiety. However, you can get a lot of help from the folks over there on a wide range of topics.
To be honest, I personally found my anxiety and panic attack issues were linked to social anxiety. Part of my fear was what people would think of me if I had a full blown panic attack in their presence. I think that is a fear that many people share. As such, the Social Anxiety Support forum can be a great resource for anyone that the above resonates with.
The Key To Overcoming Your Issues Is Support
I was stupid to not seek support when I was experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. Although I did go through cognitive behavioral therapy, I tried to hide my issues from family and friends. And I did so, pretty successfully.
Why? Because I feared ridicule and a lack of understanding. But let me make it simple for you – life is too short for that, and the value you can get out of the support of your loved ones is too much to pass up.
There is just one problem – although they may care a great deal, they may not understand, and they may not be able to help you beat your issues (although they can help you cope). But with the support of people who know exactly what you are going through, via the above forums, you can have the best of both worlds.