Mental Illness Poem

Just wrote how I felt when I have a panic attack.

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I am 13 years old, but I've gone through so much, well I believe I have at least. All my life I've grown up with harsh punishments, including intense beatings using belts, bamboo, and my...

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Panic Disorder

© more by Brittany

Published: July 2011

Tightness in my chest.
I can't breathe.
The only time I can escape
is when I fall asleep.

Constant nausea,
constant fear.
How did this happen,
knowing I'm safe here?

It's a constant worry
another will strike.
I worry about it all the time.
It makes me lose my appetite.

My sight darkens,
my life flashes.
My worries control my thoughts,
my heart crashes and burns to ashes.

You have no idea what it's like
to live one day in my shoes.
Maybe if you did,
you wouldn't judge me as you do.

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  • Grace G by Grace G
  • 3 months ago

I am 13 years old, but I've gone through so much, well I believe I have at least. All my life I've grown up with harsh punishments, including intense beatings using belts, bamboo, and my father and mother's bare hands. At the age of 9, I had to suffer through my mum's alcoholic phase that lasted 3 years. 3 years of my life wasted on unnecessary shouting and arguing. I was homeschooled throughout that whole time and let's just say it was hard for me to be social at the time. My mum believes in paranormal activity, and this one specific day she forced me and my 7-year-old brother at the time, to NOT touch the floors as the ghosts would drag us into the underworld. We then moved to Australia and my dad has developed serious anger issues, stress and OCD (this is on top of his already harsh enough punishments). I had to get this off my chest. Thank you for reading this.

  • Diane Neill by Diane Neill
  • 2 years ago

I'm a mum off 3. I looked after my father-in-law who had cancer. I watched him pass away in front of me in my house. I've always had depression and anxiety. My son who has lgs and autism he needs 24-hour care. I'm struggling to cope. Sometimes just wish I could get out of this dark place.

  • Sarah Mann by Sarah Mann
  • 4 years ago

I'm 12 years old and suffer from panic disorder. Having a panic attack is like drowning. It goes from 0 to 100 in an instant. Whenever somebody jokes about abuse or alcohol, it does get me upset. From ages 2-7 I was abused by my "mother." I put that in quotation marks because she was never a real mother to me.

  • John by John, Medway Towns
  • 8 years ago

This poem really should get more publicity than it can on this site alone. It is a brilliant explanation of what it is like to suffer from panic attacks and a wonderful way of showing others that they are not alone.

Thank you.

  • Nicole by Nicole, Tn
  • 10 years ago

I have panic attacks too and it really does suck.

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