A few years ago, I developed a bad case of anxiety. I'm not sure if it began because I moved away from my family and was alone or if it began as a side affect of my depression, but I knew that I didn't like the feeling. Due to the anxiety, I'd end up panicking out of fear, which would make me feel even worse. Since I felt anxious so often and the attacks came just as frequently, I started questioning if this fit the mold of signs you might have a panic disorder.
To be honest, I was too scared to go to consult a doctor about my potential panic disorder. So instead, I researched anxiety and panic attacks, and was able to find ways to decrease the frequency of both. Although I still have moments where I feel panic taking over, I've learned some techniques to help me over the hump. I still haven't talked to a doctor, and wouldn't necessarily encourage others to do the same. Sometimes medical intervention is required, and that's nothing to be ashamed of.
If you're prone to anxiety or have had a few panic attacks, these nine signs may help you determine whether or not you could be living with panic disorder. That being said, be sure to head to your doctor for a proper diagnosis