Triggered Panic Attacks - Sensory Overload!!!
I've been eating BP for over 3-years now, had previously lost a ton of weight, kept it off, and am overall feeling pretty good. I began HRV and meditation a few years ago as well.
As a teen, I used to suffer from some ongoing anxiety but eventually was able to overcome it. I had a pretty traumatic childhood, and I have no doubt that this contributed to that anxiety,
I have ULTRA-sensitive senses. Sounds are louder for me, smells are stronger for me, people's overall energies are even stronger to me. (I know, this sounds hippy-dippy as heck.. but it's true).
Earlier this year, I suddenly began experiencing panic attacks that were always triggered in "outside" situations. I despise public restrooms, and if I found myself in one, I'd be sent into a full-on panic attack. From there, most public situations then reliably sent me into a panic, even though I have no discernable fear of people or places. I am fine with public speaking, I am a strong gal... I lift weights... I do not see myself as a weak person at all. It's completely baffling to me. I'd even panicked just eating lunch in the car with my husband. It was unbearable... It was like this full-on adrenaline dump, and the more it happened, the more it drained me. I felt like I really needed to run away from something, but I didn't know what. I've always battled the "sensory overload" aspect of being in public situations, but I've had a good handle on it for 32-years. Until now...
A temporary solution has been a not-so-great one. I have never been a big drinker but I have resorted to a few shots of vodka when I leave the house. (I work from home, so this isn't an everyday thing.... and my husband drives) When I come home, I do all that I can to detox my liver - lots of L-Glutathione and other supplements, followed by tons of water. Ironically, the vodka has enabled me to actually "enjoy" being in public situations rather than simply tolerating them. It's also saved my adrenals from all of these panic attacks! It numbs my senses just enough so I am able to just be in the moment and enjoy myself. Obviously, this isn't a sustainable solution.
I notice that most people who suffer from panic attacks also suffer from a constant anxiety mixed with occasional panic. However, I do not have perpetual anxiety I only have triggered panic. When I am in my element, I am always completely at peace.
I'm considering DMT as a path of healing treatment. I believe the panic could be related to the past trauma that I previously mentioned. I've tried CBD oil, but I am not sure what dose would even begin to inhibit such a powerful adrenaline dump. Or, if it's even possible.
Has anyone else ever overcome panic such as this?
Your feedback is greatly appreciated!