Panic Attacks.

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poetprincess poetprincess
do you ever get panic or anxiety attacks? what triggers them for you? and what do you do to get through them?

For me they come out of the blue no reason just happen. I usually will call someone like tonight it was my little sister and I talk to them for a bit or go for a drive. the driving makes me focus on something else besides the panic attack. they suck but i have to deal with them alot.
01/25/2012
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Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by poetprincess
do you ever get panic or anxiety attacks? what triggers them for you? and what do you do to get through them?

For me they come out of the blue no reason just happen. I usually will call someone like tonight it was my little sister and I talk ...
I feel fortunate to say I do not really deal with these on any serious level or any regularity. In rare cases I do get random anxiety attacks, usually mild ones. I'm not sure what triggers it but I think maybe a combination of how much sleep I have had, my emotional state of mind, my location at the time and so on.
01/25/2012
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I have gotten them, but it's been a long time since my last one.
01/25/2012
K101 K101
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Originally posted by poetprincess
do you ever get panic or anxiety attacks? what triggers them for you? and what do you do to get through them?

For me they come out of the blue no reason just happen. I usually will call someone like tonight it was my little sister and I talk ...
I started getting anxiety and panic attacks 5 years ago. Every once in a while they would come out of the blue or even if I got excited. Sometimes it was like my body would go paralyzed during an attack! My eyes would squeeze close as would my hands, legs and arms. It's embarrassing because I wasn't able to move those parts. Once I was super ill for a period of time. I had endometriosis and some other health problems. I lost weight and got to 70 lbs! I had bronchitis and a stomach virus AND laryngitis all at the same time during the first year of my panic attacks. I was home alone and about to shower, didn't know what I was sick with at the time and I suddenly had an attack while NAKED and was dry heaving. I had to call and get help from my brother and as soon as he hung up, headed to find me, my legs, lips, eyes and arms went paralyzed! This was my first ever episode where that all happened and instead of breathing, it came out in awful screams that I could not stop! When my brother got to my house he said he could hear my screaming from down the road! He was terrified and I truly thought I was dying that day. As humiliating as it was (and still is) I was unable to get dressed so all I had on was a towel. He had to dress me before going to the hospital and he chose a see through tiny shirt and no bra! How embarrassing! Anyways, when I was in the hospital and feeling much better, I remember crying and telling him he saved my life, I would've died without him coming to help. It really felt like I was gonna die.

Anyways, I got used to them and didn't freak out so bad or feel like I was dying. I still never had one as bad as that first day, but then again I was only 70 lbs. at the time!

My Dr. prescribed me meds for it, but to be honest, the only thing that's going to stop the attacks for good is finding out why you're having them. What is bothering you? The meds helped me a lot, but I can't focus at all when I take them. It knocks me out cold and I won't even remember things that happened for the 4 hours after taking them. I don't like it, but have learned to take them before bed if I must. They were helpful to use while I was working on getting to the root of my problems which was a really awful experience I had years ago. I had to deal with the problem, confront it and heal before my anxiety stopped. It was the hardest thing I went through and I truly thought I WAS crazy at times, but with an oustanding support system (even if it's one person!) I made it! Mine was my partner and he was the ONLY support I had. So, do you have an idea of where this is coming from? You might even need a counselor. I thankfully, was able to do it with my partner alone, but it really puts strain on a relationship. I would definitely suggest having a strong support system before you even begin to confront the real problem. If it's anything like what mine was, you'll need it and you might even have crazy days where you have a nervous break down, but it's amazing how far you can come! I hope you're able to get past the anxiety. It is possible. I've actually not had an attack for a year (next month will be a year since my last!)

PS. If you'd want someone to talk to, I'd be glad to hear from you! You can message me with anything you want. Just hope it gets better for you.
01/25/2012
js250 js250
I never had a panic attack until after my car accident. Now, hearing a siren sends me into a complete panic and actually seeing the ambulance paralyzes me and I start streaming tears involuntarily. There is no way I could even remember any of that, I was without a pulse at that time and not breathing.I went through an evaluation of the head injuries, counseling for the attacks, which have gotten better now that I am aware of the triggers, and alternatives for dealing with the triggers. I had to retrain myself to deal with the sirens and other issues that were left over bits from the trauma. I wish I could say it is gone, but it isn't, I do not know when I will have another attack but they seem to be farther apart and as long as I can realize my trigger ahead of time, they can be shorter and I can consciously work through them. As Kendra said above--have a support system, that helps immensely!!!
01/25/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
not panic attacks but sometimes i get thinking of marriage and kids and start ranting, arguing with myself or simply screaming. i try not to think about it.
01/25/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I do, I have bi polar so they come around a lot. I can say that I have not had one in a bit tho. I usually call one of my friends who know what I go thru and talk about it. Until I find a doctor up here that I can talk too, a friend will do for now.
01/25/2012
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
I started getting bad panic attacks at 11. I get them really really bad and have been to the er many times freaked out that i was going to die. Ive been on and off meds for them.

If I hear my dads voice I start calming down immediately. So if I feel one I call him up and talk for awhile and I feel my heart and everything level out to a calm place. It helps best if i call my dad but I have talked to my mom as well too. There was a time last year that I spent 3 days calling them back and forth for 24 hours with no sleep till my mom could fly out to stay with me and get me help. Nothing triggers them for me I just have really bad weeks. Ive been learning ways to keep them at bay though. Ive been working on my breathing and clearing my head.
01/25/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
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Originally posted by poetprincess
do you ever get panic or anxiety attacks? what triggers them for you? and what do you do to get through them?

For me they come out of the blue no reason just happen. I usually will call someone like tonight it was my little sister and I talk ...
=_=; I hate panic attacks...
I have them a lot when I get really stressed out, I usually take two Bayer aspirin (just in case because it usually feels like a heart attack to an extent, but from what my doctors have said my heart is just fine) and four drops of Bach's Rescue Remedy.
Rescue Remedy is a miracle in a bottle for me, it helps almost immediately.
01/25/2012
zwee75 zwee75
I love to fly but I do get anxiety. Nothing that some Xanax can't help.
01/25/2012
biancajames biancajames
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Originally posted by poetprincess
do you ever get panic or anxiety attacks? what triggers them for you? and what do you do to get through them?

For me they come out of the blue no reason just happen. I usually will call someone like tonight it was my little sister and I talk ...
My commute home does- super crowded enclosed space, I feel trapped and unsafe. But I'm better at managing them with breathing, etc. And yes, they DO suck!
01/25/2012
poetprincess poetprincess
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Originally posted by K101
I started getting anxiety and panic attacks 5 years ago. Every once in a while they would come out of the blue or even if I got excited. Sometimes it was like my body would go paralyzed during an attack! My eyes would squeeze close as would my hands, ...
I was on meds too for about three years, I went off them while I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, she is now 6. I do not get them as bad as i used to. The doctors said I got them from the stress of and abusive relationship that I was in with the kids dad. unfortunately I will always have them. I have learned how to deal with them and just go with the flow sometimes. Thanks for the offer to talk. Ill have to take you up on that sometime...
01/27/2012
poetprincess poetprincess
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Originally posted by poetprincess
do you ever get panic or anxiety attacks? what triggers them for you? and what do you do to get through them?

For me they come out of the blue no reason just happen. I usually will call someone like tonight it was my little sister and I talk ...
Its nice to know that I am not the only one who has to deal with this. The other night was the first one I had in a few months. My little sister was a life saver and talked to me till it passed. Thanks everyone for the moral support..
01/27/2012
K101 K101
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Originally posted by poetprincess
I was on meds too for about three years, I went off them while I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, she is now 6. I do not get them as bad as i used to. The doctors said I got them from the stress of and abusive relationship that I was in with ...
Well that's great to hear that you got out of that! Very brave of you. However, I am so sorry you went through it. I've been in that boat only I didn't have a child with the abusive ex. I was (thankfully) able to get out quickly and pretty easily. I hate when kids are involved though. I know it makes it so much harder. I can totally see why you have such anxiety now. I hope in time it will go away. What kind of meds (if you don't mind my asking) were you prescriped? Mine aren't really that popular. As in I've not known others who've taken the same thing, but they kick my a**! Lol. Anyways, I will be glad to chat with ya any time!
01/27/2012
GravyCakes GravyCakes
i've had a few minor ones. usually, it was when i started thinking about the fact that i'm going to graduate soon & what the hell i was gonna do after college. i'm done w/ all my classes, but i won't graduate till after my internship is over in May. i would just get up & start moving around & find something to occupy myself w/.
01/27/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Yes, I've had them since I was 9. They suck.
01/28/2012
wetone123 wetone123
I have panic attacks on a regular basis. I get paralyzed like Kendra did and can't move. I am on meds but they have not really helped much except to calm me down at the time, but they always come back. Breathing exercises help with the meds. Each time I have one it takes a lot out of me. It is mentally and physically draining. I haven't pin pointed exactly why I have them but it's been going on for a long time and it then puts me into a state of depression because I can't be relied on to do some things normal people take for granted. It's taken over my life and I hate it!
01/28/2012
Crystal1 Crystal1
I have them, they suck. My main thing is not being able to breathe while it's happening. I was on Xanax for a while, which helped a lot, but now I don't have insurance, so I can't afford to go to the doctor.
01/28/2012
QSBybakd QSBybakd
I've had panic attacks ever since I was a very small child. I've never been able to sleep alone, or be alone in the dark until quite recently, actually. I had a bad case of separation anxiety when I was young, paired with insomnia and night terrors (which caused me to think my nightmares were really happening or see things in half-sleep that weren't there). After being molested it got exponentially worse, as did the sleeplessness. I could not be touched by anyone unless I initiated the touch, I didn't like eye contact and loud noises would set me off like no tomorrow. I slept with my mother with lights and the television on all the way into my teens.

I was prescribed Zoloft at 12, but I reacted very badly to it and became fearful of any sort of medication after that for a very long time, until last year when I was prescribed Prozac.

Now I'm happy to say that I've gone (almost) a year without any serious panic attacks, for the first time in my life! I sleep alone in partial darkness with no noise, and generally stay sleep throughout the night. Sudden loud noises, or being bumped into or hugged unexpectedly can set me off, and most scary movies brings on a burst of insomnia for months at a time. But I've learned how to avoid these triggers and how to handle them when they arise.
01/29/2012
eeep eeep
I used to get them when I was a teenager. I actually developed Panic disorder with agoraphobia from getting them, and all of it was due to getting sober (quit drinking, smoking, weed, and occasional use of other drugs cold turkey). Since I lived in a small town and did not have any friends who didn't like to party, it resulted in me secluding myself from others, and since I have a very active imagination my panic would just feed on itself. Eventually damn near everything about social situations triggered me, or even leaving the house to places where I did not feel I could find a place to escape if I had an attack.
Eventually I read up about my symptoms online and figured out what was going on, then read up on theories about why it happens and what behavioral therapies help with it. It took me a while, but I eventually conquered it on my own. I was too embarrassed to have family or friends help, and to worried that the docs would put me on meds (which I did not want due to a bad reaction to an antidepressant at a younger age) to go there for help.
I suffered through it increasing and feeling like I was going crazy for about half a year before I worked my way back out of it. It took almost 2 years to get back to normal living, and another year before I stopped having occasional attacks. I haven't had one in years now. I do have moments of feeling the panic rise, but I have learned what I need to do to stop it from becoming a full-blown panic attack.
01/30/2012
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