“I couldn’t breathe. I felt like I was gonna faint. I just thought I was dying. There’s just this place that you have no ground underneath your feet and you don’t know what’s going on with you.”
Above are the words from today’s guest Melissa Woods, describing what it felt like to be inside of a panic attack. Like so many of us — these panic attacks began seemingly out of nowhere for Melissa, and slowly grew into an invisible monster that dictated nearly every aspect of her life.
Melissa is the author of the recent novel “Getting Past Anxiety,” in which she details her entire experience as well as the healing the journey that changed her life. And in our chat today, we’re able to dig into the nitty gritty details of her a story a bit in hopes that some aspect of her journey will inspire others to move past their undue anxiety woes.
WHAT WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE:
— Her negative experience taking anxiety medication [3:04]
— How seeing a chiropractor helped launch her healing journey [4:54]
— What her panic attack symptoms felt like [7:04]
— How nobody in her family ever knew she suffered from anxiety until her book was published [8:44]
— Trying to manage anxiety as a single mom [10:34]
— Diagnosing anxiety via a psychiatrist versus attempting to decode the message anxiety has for us [12:34]
— How her anxiety morphed into claustrophobia and agoraphobia [13:04]
— How she met her transformational healer, and the process that helped her address the root cause of her anxiety [21:24]
— Can anxiety be inherited from a previous generation? [27:54]
— Why a novel was the ideal way for her to share her story versus a self-help book [33:04]