| | Does anyone else experience this?
I've read all of the symptoms of panic attacks and have most of them - only my fears don't involve something bad happening to myself - it involves my kids. I become convinced that something bad is going to happen to them and it will be something I could have prevented if I'd just been more careful. Every time I turn on the tv it seems like there's a story about something terrible happening to children - the ones about sexual predators especially freak me out. It gets to the point where I'm so terrified I can barely function - I get all of the typical symptoms - heart racing, shaking, dry mouth, etc. But I don't care if I die, as long as my kids are ok. I also become very suspicious of people, even people I love and trust. And then that makes me feel like a terrible person. There's nothing in my past to explain this fear. I had a pretty average childhood, supportive parents, etc. There are several other members of my extended family that also suffer from anxiety and depression, not sure about panic attacks. Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else's panic attacks revolve around this issue. It would definitely help to know that I'm not the only one.