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Linden Oaks' Anxiety Pgm. "gave me my life back."

Naperville Sun HealthAware column:

Anxiety program helps woman with agoraphobia
Edward Hospital | Submitted column
Aug. 13, 2014

Vanessa King, 26, is a student at Elgin Community College, with plans to start a career in art therapy. Talking with her today, it’s hard to picture her at one time virtually bedridden for months because of severe anxiety.

“My life was definitely on hold,” she says.

King remembers missing a lot of school as a child because her anxiety led to frequent stomach aches and vomiting. This pattern subsided during her teen years, but the extreme anxiety returned.

By 2008 she was suffering from a full-blown panic disorder with agoraphobia — intense fear that she would be stuck somewhere “unsafe” while having severe anxiety symptoms.

“During part of that year, I didn’t go anywhere,” King says. “I was terrified of my symptoms.”

A panic attack might include symptoms such as an accelerated heart rate, lightheadedness, dizziness, faintness and nausea, says M. Joann Wright, director of the Anxiety Program at Linden Oaks at Edward.

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