Alex Harboun: My Story

Hi, my name is Alex Harboun and I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder when I was 13 years old. I had always been an anxious person, but in grade 8 I experienced my first anxiety attack during a final exam - something I will never forget. I remember feeling confused about what was going on in my body wondering why I felt this way. I remember not being able to catch my breath and losing feeling in my face, my hands and the entire lower half of my body. I was shaking and sweating at the same time, and feeling like I was going to faint, or maybe even throw up. I continue to experience these sensations, anxiety attack after anxiety attack. The worst part about having an anxiety attack is the feeling that no one understands what I am feeling in that moment. However, over the years I have come to realize that maybe not everyone can know exactly what I‘m feeling, but they are still there to help and support me. I have learned that it is so important to reach out and use the resources that are available to me in order to learn how to cope with these overwhelming feelings. Now, 5 years later I have learned how to properly navigate my anxiety. A mindset that has helped me to do so is that I try to remember, through every period of anxiety, that I will NOT feel like this forever. These anxieties do pass and I can get through it.#mymsharestheirstories

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