Concerned Citizen

Anxiety Attacks - Panic Anxiety Disorder During the Pandemic

From Whitby, ON

Mon Apr 26 2021


I’m 46, and I’m a face of mental health. I’m not the healthiest person in the world but I wouldn’t say that I’m medically fragile. I was doing okay with my mental health for the better part of the past year, and to be honest it shocked the heck out of me. I was diagnosed with panic/anxiety disorder in my 20’s and been on medication to help treat it since. When the numbers began to spike right before the April break I began to have anxiety over the health of my wife and son. I’ve been working from home and feel blessed to have that ability and count myself lucky for it. But the panic, the anxiety. The sense of impending doom that is impossible to shake grabbed hold and shook me to my core. I’ve had 3 pretty severe anxiety/panic attacks and the vaccine availability has not improved that sense of fear that I can’t shake. I contacted my doctor and unfortunately there is nothing in place to help people with mental illness that don’t live in a communal setting like a group home. Resources, like Bounceback are overloaded and I keep coming up empty for options to support myself. Getting vaccinated would be a massive boon to my confidence. My wife, an ECE has received a vaccine already but I am left to struggle. I can’t understand the reasoning of our decision makers. Urgently vaccinating teachers but ignoring the people they come home to everyday feels so incredibly shortsighted. Add to that the mental health issues I face and I’m at a loss. I will carry on, because I must. I pray you do too

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