Have you ever thought about what it’s like to be walking around not knowing where you’re going? Like life is just a whirlwind of confusion?

There are days I feel like I am shipwrecked on a deserted island. I don’t know how I got here. I’m alone on a sandy beach. Everything around me is scary. My heart is pounding. I’m sweating. My heart feels as if it is going to pump right out of my chest. My hands start to shake. If I’m near people, it seems like they are crowding me - too close. I just want to scream, yet I know if I do that, they will start staring. No one knows what is happening because it’s only on the inside. People would think I was crazy. This is what anxiety and panic attacks are like. The pain is terrible and real.

My name is David Staenberg. I'm a pain coach with Leadership Harbor.