I am 41 years old. I was a member of Anxiety Zone (I believe) from years ago. I went there when I needed some self help with anxiety. It was mostly health anxiety mixed with general. And I had panic attacks. This was maybe 10+ years ago, after I would have to say a 'mental breakdown'. I was able to 'pull myself' out of it with self help. I did see a CBT therapist and a Psychologist for a short time. I never finished the sessions. I fear taking medicine so being put on any type of anxiety meds was out of the question. That leads into the 'fear of losing my mind/not being myself anymore/losing control'. The health anxiety lasted for years afterwards. I suffer from Endometriosis which also messes with my hormones. Most of my panic attacks/anxiety came from fear of dying. Fear of a heart attack, fear of doing anything that could hurt me (yet I smoked cigarettes...). I was able to get through all those bad times. They sucked, they were physically painful. I'm pretty sure I had intrusive thoughts of losing my mind and not ever being the same again. But I bounced back and 'felt myself' after. I've had 3 major mental breakdowns in my life. I've got through the them... I had another one on Wednesday (that's still going on, why I'm here). I had a major surgery for Endometriosis in a different state 5 months ago (June 18). I recovered pretty okay from it. I also quit smoking that day and have been smoke free since after smoking for over 20 years. I felt great after a few months recovering. I am going to physical therapy, I started walking/doing exercises. Well a recheck from surgeon in October told me I had PCOS now, after we did hormone testing. Because I told her I felt my hormones were all over the place. She wanted to put me on a med that also had a cancer risk on it (very low risk..). I refused. I'm already scared of meds so that was a big pass. I started searching diligently on the internet for a natural cure. I thought I found one. But it's not working well. On that Wednesday I was searching and just getting overwhelmed I guess from all the things I could try etc. I also am an over thinker and I think I have OCD issues. Well, after I spent 3+ hours re-organizing my kitchen (it needed it), I just felt like crying for no reason. My husband came home from work and I just started crying. I went into a panic attack I believe. I thought I was losing my mind, or afraid to lose my mind. I kept thinking maybe it's my hormones, then I kept thinking maybe it's not and I'm really losing my mind and need help. I couldn't sleep so I called my mom. She helped me, talked me down and I finally fell asleep. Woke up on Thanksgiving still feeling anxious. Then scared because I didn't 'snap out of it' and still panicky. I kept thinking I'm not going to family dinner, then no I have to, etc. Finally just pushed on and went. I survived but had to keep thinking/telling myself not to lose control/freak out. I even went shopping afterwards with husband/brother/dad. Felt ok but in back of my mind kept having intrusive thoughts. Went home, felt ok for a couple of hours while my husband slept then I just kept having the feeling of wanting to cry so I did. And I kept crying and then I freaked out because I don't know what's going on with me. I tried to go to sleep, I couldn't and that gave me more anxiety. (I've had 3 or 3 episodes in the past where I was too excited/anxious and didn't sleep for over a day/had a panic attack then slept and felt fine the next day). My husband didn't help, he said I'm going to give him a heart attack if I don't calm down. That was the absolute worst thing to say to me... I freaked out even more, told him I need to go to the ER (I also had bad stomach pain/knots in stomach). He said I didn't need to go, I'm just panicking. I called my mom bawling like crazy and told her I think I need to go to ER. So she came over and took me. This was like 4am. Explained the schpeel to the ER doc. The gave me 5 mg of Valium and a butt shot of torodol. Took a CT scan of my abdomen (because I did have horrible stomach pains). The ER doc told me it's going to take awhile for my hormone to balance out after the surgery (mind you I still have an ovary/uterus, just imbalanced hormones). The meds he gave me did nothing. I still felt a little anxious, I also didn't feel sleepy. I want to add that for the last few days I've had stomach flutters as well as throughout my body. Those annoyed me so badly I kept dwelling on why they wouldn't stop. It's that surge of excitement feeling you get when you're excited, but I wasn't... I was dismissed from the ER even though I told them I still didn't feel well. They didn't care, said nothing they can do for me. Follow up with doctor. I felt sad, helpless and that since they deemed nothing medically wrong with me then (no bloodwork done, didn't test hormones) I had all the thoughts that I am a mental case now, it's all in my head and I will have to be institutionalized. I knew these were irrational thoughts too but I kept having them. I couldn't go to sleep. That scared more. My mom stayed over. I was a mess. I thought to myself that if I don't pull out of this after I finally get to sleep, my mind is gone... I won't ever be able to stop thinking and be 'normal'. Well, I finally fell asleep (I took another half of a valium around 2pm that did nothing, actually made me feel a bit worse) around 7pm Friday (11/29). I woke around 650am today (Saturday 11/30). I had to check to see what day it was and if it was AM or PM. I think instantly 'starting thinking' about what happened to me and why I acted that way. It gave me anxiety because I woke up not feeling great/like 'myself'. Now I fear I need to see a counselor and get on anxiety meds. That I can't pull myself out of this, again. Sounds like I'm a mess, right? I'm a lost cause? I'm a mental case? Yep, all my thoughts now. My husband is scared now and he doesn't want me to talk about my feeling or how I feel to him now. It's giving him anxiety. This scares me because I need him to be strong for me to get me through. I was always the strong one. For us, for my whole family. Now I'm weak, helpless and hopeless. I always help everyone, now I need help and no one is here for me. April has cracked. I know what I need to do to pull myself out of this, to change my thinking to positive etc. But it's so hard, it's hard work and I've done it for so long, I don't want to do it anymore. I just want it to happen naturally. I can't even think about tomorrow without having anxiety.. because I'll think 'will I be like this tomorrow'? I am hoping coming here, someone will talk some sense to me. Keep me grounded and tell me that everything will be alright, this is 'normal' and I'll get through it again. I am calling my doctor on Monday to see about more hormone testing. That's all I have now. I'm not even looking forward to tomorrow and that's unlike me. I always found something good to look forward to. Gosh, that was a HUGE novel. Sorry. Thank you to all who took the time to read about my messed up self.