by China McCarney

ChinaMcCarney_0_0.jpgADAA has partnered with Healthline.com to share China McCarney’s personal story of triumph “I Embrace My Anxiety, Because It’s Part of Me” with both of our communities.

"The first time I had a panic attack was in 2009. I had experienced normal anxiety and nerves up until that point, but the panic attack was something I had never dealt with. I was going through a lot of stress with a transition in my baseball career, and while on a road trip to Northern California, I felt as if I was going to die. I could not breathe, my body felt as if it was burning from the inside out, and I had to pull off of the road to get out of the car and get air. I walked for two or three hours to try to gather myself before having to call my father to come and pick me up. It has been a touch-and-go experience since that day eight years ago, and an ever-evolving relationship with anxiety.” Read Healthline’s interview with China, visit Healthline’s generalized anxiety disorder resource page, and ADAA’s GAD website page to learn more about how you too can triumph over anxiety.