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Anxiety attacks -- I could use some advice..
November 8, 2005
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I have been prone to anxiety attacks since about 3 years ago, and gradually they seem to be getting worse.

Anything can trigger it.. Thoughts about the death that everyone will eventually face, my mother's recent death, fact of not knowing my father, my grandfather trying to stab me which forced me to relocate with a friend recently, getting out of school, speaking in public, and relitively any problem that I tend to fixate on.

The other day I was going to a bonfire with a few friends in another city, then caught word that there were going to be KKK members next door that might pop in. I started fixating on it while I was walking around in the store, and everything just escalated. I started sweating, my hands started shaking, I felt really edgy, and the fact that I was infront of a lot of people just made things worse and I had to get out of there in the parking lot to be able to try and calm down. I starting shaking and crying..

Usually I tend to shake/convulse for a good ammount of time, my heart beat increases, my hands and arms get very cold, I cry, I sweat, and just overall have the feeling of hopelessness, being alone..

I do not know where to exactly to go to for help and I don't have much cash to go get fullly diagnosed or even perscribed some sort of medication. I could use some advice as to take some steps in the right directions.

And what medications are used for treatment now days?

November 8, 2005
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Myownme, I sense that you are in pain. I feel anxiety most of the time but not many attacks. Maybe sometime dry mouth, shaky hands, bad enough, but not as bad as yours. Its good you know yourself so that you can help your physician and therapist. This is a great site. People have empathy and help a lot.

At this time, I just wanna tell you that I do take medication but don't discuss about them very much because only a physician will help you. There are drugs, sophisticated drugs, but the best help, imho,is when you can rely on ourself and not let yourself down or out of control.

November 9, 2005
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This is a true veteran speaking. I know and empathize with you and what you are going thru. This may sound like a crock, but it's so true. It's all a matter of "self talk" and getting your mind off the "what if's" and the "I should have--", etc. When I would feel an attack coming on---and you always can--I would immediately switch gears in my mind and do something physical. Now I keep a light set of weights upstairs and downstairs and as soon as I get that feeling, I start "pumping iron"! Works 100 % of the time and I'm almost 70! Just do something to make your body work a little harder and the attack will be history--no drugs. They are just a temporary fix. You want to be rid of them. (haven't had an attack in several years now and I'm a firm believer in telling yourself nice things about you. You know there are many.)

I'm about to go through radiation treatments for throat cancer and haven't had one. One will try and sneak in now and then, but I refuse to let it. Give it a try and let me know how you make out. If I can help, I'm here. Hugs, Lillie

November 9, 2005
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I used to suffer from anxiety attacks, pretty bad, but never was perscribed meds. I found that meditation and writing in my journal helped to control them. Write about all your fears every day and then new ones will seem less of a big deal. Hope you get control of them.

~Loverbee~

November 9, 2005
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Hello. I never experience anxiety attacks until I was in an addictive relationship. I no longer suffer from them because I am out of it now. Anxiety I think is signal that something is not right in your life and also too much stress. Something is not at peace in your life. I realize that certain things have occurred but possibly not resolved in your mind just yet. You found a good place to talk.

November 9, 2005
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MOM, I see you're getting some good help. How are you doing? I'll check again on you.

If I could go back, I'd be without med's, they seem a false promise. Anything I did spiritually and towards a healthy mind and body has imroved my situation in no way the med's have. Maybe med's are necessary but try not to be dependant on them. They're costly, have side effects.
If you go to a psychiatrist they'll give you med's. Have you tried going to a therapist/psychologist first?

November 9, 2005
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MOM~

May I suggest something that worked wonders with me and anxiety attacks?

I changed my diet. Got on an Atkins / Beach diet. Only healthy unprocessed foods, no sugar, no starches, high protein. And in four years, even with the loss of my mother recently, not one bit of panic!!!

To see if this will help you, try this experiment suggested by an md:

When you feel panic coming on, go eat some yoghurt. If you feel better soon and stop shaking, it is probably hypoglycemia, he told me, not panic disorder. They respond exactly the same.

Hope this helps.

LL

November 10, 2005
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Myownme-

Just my 2 cents. When I suffer from my attacks. 1. read a self help book (my favorite are Addicted to Love by Susan Peabody and Self Esteem by Mckay & Fanning) 2. My journal (It has been my trusted friend since 1988).

Take a 3 breaths and Relax!

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