Hi, I’m Charlie and I’d like to tell you about my experience using Dare.
I’ve suffered from anxiety since I was around 9 years old.
I started having major panic attacks when I was in my late teens. I probably developed a full-fledged anxiety disorder when I first went away to college at age 21.
I come from an overly anxious overbearing New York Italian family so that probably rubbed off ha.
I never really knew what anxiety was when I was a little kid, I just knew that I felt nervous all the time.
I thought it was normal. Despite that, I was a natural comedian always making everyone laugh. I did that to make up for how scared I really felt all the time.
I was also competitive with sports, mainly martial arts. I always felt that something was physically wrong, but I wasn’t exactly sure what.
I felt very alone with my anxiety and I never really talked much about it. I had the occasional panic attack here and there but despite this I was still very outgoing.
I had my first major panic attack driving on the highway on a Friday home from college 2 hours away from where I lived.
I felt so out of control as if I was being smothered, my heart beating out of my chest, gasping for air and I felt as if I was literally going to die driving on the highway. In 10 minutes time or so it subsided.
Since then panic attacks have been a standard part of my life through different jobs, friendships, etc.
I just turned 37 now and for the past 7 or 8 months have done a complete 180 in how I deal with panic and anxiety. This is thanks to a program called DARE.
A year ago, I stopped doing a lot of things after I was involved in an auto accident which luckily left me and the other driver physically unharmed, but it sent my anxiety out of control.
I stopped doing what I loved which is working out at the gym and training because the slightest increase in adrenaline or heartbeat sent me into a panic mode and I had to leave.
I became so fed up with how I let anxiety rob me of enjoyment and having a life.
I searched and searched for something that would help me. A psychologist I was seeing at the time told me about a book called DARE.
I looked it up and bought it right away. When I read it, it was like I was reading something specifically tailored to deal with the panic situation I’d had my whole life.
Every sensation I feared, situation I avoided, and scary thought that nagged at me, was described in detail. The book was offering a sound strong way to deal with all of it by facing it head on instead of running away from it.
I had never tried this approach of welcoming the anxiety and panic and demanding that it do its worst and was kind of scared of trying it at first.
I spent my life trying to avoid feeling anxiety now I’m told to chase it!? I said I would try it even though I was skeptical and the first time I implemented it correctly, something happened. It worked! It worked 150%.
I faced into the panic attack instead of running away from it and it worked. I felt an amazing amount of hope then. Hope that I could be completely free from anxiety and panic attacks.
I hoped that I would be in charge totally of my anxiety and fight or flight response and would never again run away from a panic state or let it dictate where I go or stop me from doing something I want to do in life again.
I still have a lot of work to do to get where I want to be and this program takes commitment and practice. The past few months, I have been so much happier and freer than I’ve been in many years.
I’m in the gym twice a day training competitively again! I’m getting comfortable driving and starting to really enjoy it again.
Most importantly I finally feel like I can really live my life the way I want to again.
Traveling, flying, driving, and living life to the fullest. Dare is the real deal. Barry McDonough has created a tremendous program that has already helped so many people including me.
If you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks do yourself a favor and DARE!
There you have them, more powerful stories of courage and hope, proof positive that if you do the work, you can get the results!
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