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Posted 8/24/15
Ive only recently started getting panic attacks and haven't quite got them under control yet,
anyone else struggle with this?

and if so how do you manage your anxiety? any tips?
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Started getting them recently as well.

Mine are caused by blood sugar fluctuations. Eating right (less sugar and often), sleeping enough hours, exercise and trying not to stress too much reduce the amount of occurrences. I was offered medication for it, but I refused. Keeping yourself healthy goes a long way then going down the drug route. It's a sign to take better care of yourself.
Posted 8/24/15
No, just chronic fatigue. So ugly right now. Why am i so ugly? -sigh--

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I had then when I was a teen, then I got rid of them.

They came back after my dad passed

Now I'm dealing with them again.

(such a pain in the ass, I'd rather have ass pain)

Like PrinceJudar I refused medication, still do. I used to have them at home but that was easy, now I only have them in public. Used to think I was going the crazy route, now I'm scared of the dying route lol. Mainly that good ol' don't wanna pass out.

anyway I took therapy and that cured it, also meditated and exercised. If I was at home I'd jump up and down to get my blood flowing. But jumping up while you freaking out in a waiting line, cuz you feel like you're trapped is a pain since, that'd just be embarrassing. But I'm seriously thinking about it.


What helped me was that they don't last long and don't try to calm down but let it happen. That's how you ride it out. If you try to calm down they last longer and it's like fighting a current, just let it take ya.


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Posted 8/24/15
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Posted 8/24/15
What do you feel when you get these anxiety/panic attacks?

Every time I want to eat for no reason my mom tells me that I have "anxiety" I don't like to go to the Doctor so I don't know if I suffer from it but when I google the symptoms it doesn't say anything about eating when you're not hungry.

Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness - sometimes
Problems sleeping No
Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet No
Shortness of breath No
Heart palpitations No
An inability to be still and calm No
Dry mouth No
Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet - sometimes
Nausea No
Muscle tension No
Dizziness - sometimes

So, according to google I don't have anxiety attacks XD

Exercising and eating right can solve health problems, especially mental problems. When I exercise I feel relaxed and stable. When I stop exercising and eat garbage food (what my mom calls anxiety) I feel terrible, depressed and like the whole world is against me lol so that would be my advice, simple and good: exercise and eat healthy.
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Yes!

If I let my thoughts run away and get the better of me, I get severe anxiety that can lead to panic attacks if I'm not careful. My imagination is so big that the tiniest thing like a missed phone call can lead to me actually believing that the person is either cheating on me or lying in a hospital bed somewhere lolol
Posted 8/24/15 , edited 8/24/15
Ok humans are going to feel anxious. It's a human emotion. Same as sadness, anger, fear, happiness. Yet we look at these as bad? Why? All they mean is we're alive and can feel. We should look at it as bad if we didn't feel these.

I feel like people now are afraid to feel. Feeling is good! Even feeling sad, or angry is good. You're a living, sentient being. You need to feel! We medicate to stop feeling. Makes no sense. Embrace it.
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Yes I have suffered with them from a very early age 7 is the age I remember first getting them, currently 24 years old and as for coping with them it is different for each person, some people try to concentrate on breathing through their nose and exhaling through their mouth.

I personally find pacing back and forth helps me, it gives me something to focus on other than the panic. But ultimately when it comes to panic attacks what you need to do is not give in to the panic as it makes it much worse than it already is. Again though honestly most of the time panic attacks can't be prevented unless you stay inside a tiny little bubble of existence with no/limited outside contact. Lived that way for 6 years maybe more and it actually meant I had less panic attacks but it resulted in my panic attacks being inevitable if I stepped outside even to the end of the street so for the love of GOD DO NOT do that!

I think it can help to know there are others out their who have dealt with/are dealing with this sort of issue, so if you wanna talk about it please feel free to message me and add me. Thankfully for the most part my panic attacks are gone I have them maybe 4 times a year but I have been through a number of years in my life where I would have them 4 times a month! So I know what its like and I actually know what I am talking about unlike most psychiatrists or well wishers who at most have studied what the disorder is but have physical knowledge of what its like to go through them.
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MangaManiacNat wrote:

Yes I have suffered with them from a very early age 7 is the age I remember first getting them, currently 24 years old and as for coping with them it is different for each person, some people try to concentrate on breathing through their nose and exhaling through their mouth.

I personally find pacing back and forth helps me, it gives me something to focus on other than the panic. But ultimately when it comes to panic attacks what you need to do is not give in to the panic as it makes it much worse than it already is. Again though honestly most of the time panic attacks can't be prevented unless you stay inside a tiny little bubble of existence with no/limited outside contact. Lived that way for 6 years maybe more and it actually meant I had less panic attacks but it resulted in my panic attacks being inevitable if I stepped outside even to the end of the street so for the love of GOD DO NOT do that!

I think it can help to know there are others out their who have dealt with/are dealing with this sort of issue, so if you wanna talk about it please feel free to message me and add me. Thankfully for the most part my panic attacks are gone I have them maybe 4 times a year but I have been through a number of years in my life where I would have them 4 times a month! So I know what its like and I actually know what I am talking about unlike most psychiatrists or well wishers who at most have studied what the disorder is but have physical knowledge of what its like to go through them.


Youve had them such a long time!
Ive only had them since June, Im convinced it was because of a bereavement I had that month.
It seems to be that even though I know im having an attack I still always think its a heart attack or im dying because they
arent always the same intensity

Ive been in bed for 3 days after a massive attack on thursday when I was in Dublin City alone and I have to go to college tomorrow( it runs through summer for me) and I proabably need to
take a sedative before class once again =_=
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Kenshin_Heisuke wrote:

Yes!

If I let my thoughts run away and get the better of me, I get severe anxiety that can lead to panic attacks if I'm not careful. My imagination is so big that the tiniest thing like a missed phone call can lead to me actually believing that the person is either cheating on me or lying in a hospital bed somewhere lolol



Yep thats how it is for me now- If I think of a person who brings me stress (my teacher from college) even if its only for 3 seconds,
the chest pain and palpitations start.

Id be a big worrier too , Im like that when it comes to missed calls and other everyday things- my mind goes 90 miles an hour
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PrinceJudar wrote:

Started getting them recently as well.

Mine are caused by blood sugar fluctuations. Eating right (less sugar and often), sleeping enough hours, exercise and trying not to stress too much reduce the amount of occurrences. I was offered medication for it, but I refused. Keeping yourself healthy goes a long way then going down the drug route. It's a sign to take better care of yourself.


I had a blood test this morning and one of the things to test for is glucose levels, I never knew blood sugar can be a factor, it
seems that panic attacks are like the body's way of trying to get our attention that something isnt quite right.
My sleep pattern wouldnt be the best tbh. Il try getting some exercise and go to bed earlier for definite
Yeah medication wouldnt be my first choice either.
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I had a blood test this morning and one of the things to test for is glucose levels, I never knew blood sugar can be a factor, it
seems that panic attacks are like the body's way of trying to get our attention that something isnt quite right.
My sleep pattern wouldnt be the best tbh. Il try getting some exercise and go to bed earlier for definite
Yeah medication wouldnt be my first choice either.


Blood sugar definitely is, heck just anything you put in your body. It's definitively one of those signs that something is mad at yah. It's always best to listen to it instead of smother it with drugs first thing. Sounds like you got a good idea on what to start on at least, that's great!



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Ok humans are going to feel anxious. It's a human emotion. Same as sadness, anger, fear, happiness. Yet we look at these as bad? Why? All they mean is we're alive and can feel. We should look at it as bad if we didn't feel these.

I feel like people now are afraid to feel. Feeling is good! Even feeling sad, or angry is good. You're a living, sentient being. You need to feel! We medicate to stop feeling. Makes no sense. Embrace it.


Feeling is one thing. Heck even general anxiety is something most people experience. Attacks however can be freaky and are a sign of health issues. Medication isn't the first step though and shouldn't ever be. Usually it means something physically is getting fucked up. Attacks make you pass out, vomit, or in my case it made my body feel like it got legitimately lit on fire for a full minute before I passed out. It fucking hurt like a bitch and it wasn't even real. That shit isn't just feeling nervous. It's when it gets out of hand to where you can't even function that it needs to be addressed.
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