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Posted 8/24/15
Not as much as I used too, but I still get them from time to time.

As hard as it is, try to do anything at all, ANYTHING to distract yourself from the overwhelming emotions. Have a bubble bath, or blast some music and start dancing.

Sounds so cliche, but trust me. I've been having these kinds of attacks for years, and trying to distract yourself when they happen does work.
Posted 8/24/15

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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.

Everyone has anxiety tbh its just some is worse/uncontrollable for the person with a anxiety disorder.
Its natural until it gets outta hand & affects your life :/
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YayForKittens wrote:

Not as much as I used too, but I still get them from time to time.

As hard as it is, try to do anything at all, ANYTHING to distract yourself from the overwhelming emotions. Have a bubble bath, or blast some music and start dancing.

Sounds so cliche, but trust me. I've been having these kinds of attacks for years, and trying to distract yourself when they happen does work.


They seem to happen out of nowhere a lot dont they
Thanks , that sounds like a good idea- il try it ^^
Il make a panic attack playlist and get moving about when it haapens
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Never had such a thing. I'm surprised it seems to be common.
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Only when I see a wasp.
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senbonzakura167 wrote:

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 =_=



Yeah they came part of a package deal with a few other conditions it would seem, 7 was when I first remember noticing them but could have been earlier for all I know.
You could be spot on with that it honestly wouldn't surprise me at all if something like a bereavement had caused it as thats one hell of a shake up in your life.
Don't worry I am the exact same way, when its starting I think of all the things it could be and it sending me to hospital which I have a fear of but I just need to take the time to slow my thoughts down and analyse in. You just can't think straight when it sets in.
Thats pretty common for it to both increase and decrease in intensity, part of its knowing how to cope with what you have been through and sometimes it can be environment based, like if you are in an unfamiliar setting it can be worse than if it happens at home or somewhere you visit a lot.

Damn I am really sorry to hear that! Unfortunately panic attacks take a serious toll on your body and like you said it can take a few days to recover from them. Here is hoping the class goes well for you and nothing bad happens. Like I said if you need anyone to chat to about it I am no expert but I am a good listener at least =)
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Posted 8/24/15
After someone brought it to my attention and I read up on it, I'm positive I have Social Anxiety Disorder.
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Yes. Social anxiety.
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Yes. I struggle with it. I literally fainted in a presentation last semester. Yay panic attack of doom....

But to deal with it. I find a bathroom and sit on the floor. It's cool and I feel secure because it's a small space. During an anxiety and/or panic attack, I let my mind run itself into the ground until my mind is just blank. Once it's blank, I can go into a daze and dream up a better scenario. I save the bathroom for really bad attacks. If it happens in public, I can throw on my headphones and then let my mind run itself into the ground. I have no idea if that makes any sense, but yeah...that's how I deal with it.
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I get panic attacks quite frequently. Sadly I take the medication route so it suppresses it well, however, at the cost of dependency. Can't stress this enough but treating yourself well, e.g. eat healthy, exercise, and a positive outlook delivers. But even so panic attacks are weird and could happen for no reason, some ways I tend to figure when most begins usually occurs when my mood fluctuates a lot of which I pay mind to a lot; e.g. excitement to sadness to just level headed and so forth usually kicks up a panic attack. So if possibly try and not force yourself to calm down if you feel uncertain and just accept you're potential change in mood and emotion. Also some potential illnesses you also have may also boost up your panic attacks, for me I have a bit of insomnia and I think GERD, so maintaining control over your sickness helps a lot as well. Also if it could be achieved try and discover yourself and perhaps see ways to rectify yourself, although take baby steps in change or else your anxiety will only grow. Anyways best of luck in controlling your stress and anxiety, and feel free to message me if you need it.
Posted 8/24/15

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Only when I see a wasp.

When I see the spider my anxiety goes thru the roof.
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yeah i have anxiety attacks ever since i started going to college, must've been going out on my own, i got prescribed very heavy psychotropic drugs because i had one for 4 or 5 days straight and didnt eat or sleep
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Have had issues for a long time. Some of what helps for me:
Prayer/meditation/controlled breathing. Not just during, but in general, to get keep your mind/body/soul in a good place and in sync.
If it happens when you're home alone, take a walk. Sometimes sitting still makes it worse.
If it happens in a crowded place, just get out immediately. I have had to abandon entire carts full of groceries multiple times. Poor social etiquette, I know. But it's your health, better to leave if it keeps you out of ER.
One thing multiple doctors told me ages ago: don't let yourself feel responsible for saving the world, or anyone's problems but your own. Sounds selfish, I know. The thing is, you still can and should help people, but in the past, I used to worry so much about helping people that I didn't spend enough time helping myself. Understanding that everyone's primary responsibility is to themselves is what I'm saying. After all, you can't help anyone when you're lying on a hospital bed.
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I don't know the feeling of an anxiety/panic attack.... all I know is when I am frustrated, I feel like breaking shit, and destroying things. is there a name for that?
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Have had issues for a long time. Some of what helps for me:
Prayer/meditation/controlled breathing. Not just during, but in general, to get keep your mind/body/soul in a good place and in sync.
If it happens when you're home alone, take a walk. Sometimes sitting still makes it worse.
If it happens in a crowded place, just get out immediately. I have had to abandon entire carts full of groceries multiple times. Poor social etiquette, I know. But it's your health, better to leave if it keeps you out of ER.
One thing multiple doctors told me ages ago: don't let yourself feel responsible for saving the world, or anyone's problems but your own. Sounds selfish, I know. The thing is, you still can and should help people, but in the past, I used to worry so much about helping people that I didn't spend enough time helping myself. Understanding that everyone's primary responsibility is to themselves is what I'm saying. After all, you can't help anyone when you're lying on a hospital bed.


I have a really close friend that goes back and forth with meds and tries deep meditation but its hard with 40-50 hour work weeks any way I have been at baseball game when he says got to go right this minute and he is gone no hesitation. He told me when I ask what is the feeling he said imagine the earth being flat and your hanging on the edge ready to fall off one more move or step its over to oblivion
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