Posted by moose1 on July 5, 2012, at 11:15:23
I am new here and this is my first post. I have had night-time anxiety/panic attacks for many years. For me, I experience them as intense waves of fear, impending doom, and a feeling that I'm going lose my mind. I know a lot of other people experience them this way.
But now, there's an added feature that is far more awful. I can only describe this feeling as utter hopelessness and despair. I know this sounds like major depression, but the thing is, I have NO idea what it's about. The external realities of my life are good. Job, finances, friends, etc. All good.
But I'm literally incapacitated by these bouts of despair and hopelessness and it's making me crazy because I don't know what they're about. It's like waking up in the morning and you realize that you're missing a limb for no reason.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? I'm wondering if some kind of unconscious trauma is at play, and wondering if some kind of somatic body therapy or EMDR might help me understand things better.
Thanks for any feedback.