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Any help for panic attacks?
December 19, 2006
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I have always struggled with anxiety but just recently started having panic attacks. I am doing deep breathing when I can remember, but just wanted to know if anyone else had a method that worked for them in reducing the intensity and also the recovery time

December 19, 2006
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Seriously even if it sounds lame...the paper bag thing. If you are hyperventilating, breathe into a paper bag.

I like the book From Panic to Power

http://www.amazon.com/Panic-Po.....38;s=books

I had to check and make sure I got the name right so I thought I would give you the link. 🙂

December 19, 2006
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thanks artist,

i will check it out.

i cant seem to completely relax and it has been a day since the last one. from my neck down i feel beat up

December 20, 2006
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One thing that I have found helpful as I used to get them quite a bit. (They were the scariest thing I had ever experienced.)

I eventually stopped trying to prevent them. I actually opened myself up to letting them happen, like giving into them.

Sometimes easier to do than others, but after some time they lost their power.
Eventually, I could look back and realize, I made it through the last one (though very difficult at times, I found they never did me in like I feared.) After awhile they lost their power. It helps very much to have a higher power and to just give it to Him and tell him "you're in charge." (That's not easy to do either, and you feel like it's not doing any good, usually it's not until afterward that you realize it does.)

Have you ever noticed that when you are telling yourself not to do something, feel something, or think of something, that's all you can think of?

Ask yourself, "What is the worst that can happen?" -

...be embarassed because it happens in front of someone? (just know that it shows you're human. Panic attacks are very common)

...sometimes you think you might die. (Well, speaking for myself I could handle that fear, better than the panic attack itself so when I decided that was probably the worst that could happen and I accepted it my mind, "if that was to be, then I guess it's my time") Once I gave into the fear of dying I could manage them better.

I'm not saying it was easy, but that was my process. I remember them to be exhausting, like each minute lasted forever and took so much strength to survive. I would be drained. I prayed a lot too.

I really hope that helps.
Just know that you are far from alone. Many, I would even say a majority of us, has been in a place when we thought we were just going to flip out. I seriously think you could go anywhere and not have a bit of trouble finding someone who had also experienced them.

I'm 45 and have found this to be true in my conversations with people.

Take care! You'll be OK.

December 20, 2006
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If it wasn't for xanax I would of never made it. Also deep breathing and spendin time with my cat. Also counseling. I hope the best for ya and am sendin ya hugs.

December 20, 2006
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CPT1212

I have been reading a book called "Claiming your Self-Esteem" I know it doesn't sound like it's related to the anxiety, but it does help in learning how to deal with it. It explains where the anxiety is coming from within yourself, and how to deal with it.

I struggle with anxiety too, Risingfromtheashes has helped me see some things for myself more clearly, and now I'm not feeling quite as anxious, so maybe you need to look more deeply at what is causig the anxiety in order to get control of it. Good luck, I know how anxiety feels, and I feel for you!

December 20, 2006
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I am also a sufferer of anxiety myself. I usually now try to just talk to myself, within a positive and encouraging manner, and comfort myself to tell myself that it will pass, and I will get through it. I also tend to at times, practice deep breahing as well. (If they are more intense then I am comfortable with.)

I feel for you too.

Take care.

Trying.

December 20, 2006
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Thank you all so much for your ideas. I have been deep breathing, and listening to soft music, and talking to myself. The anxiety has lessened but is still present. tolerable i guess. My whole torso is achy which i think now is the worst part. I am going to keep working on it and i appreciate your support.

December 20, 2006
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(((CPT1212)))

December 21, 2006
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My therapist trained me to think of a stop sign to stop my racing thoughts. then I hve to visual each part of myself relaxing. It takes a lot of time to learn it though.

December 21, 2006
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Thanks for the tip tiger. I am going to try that visualization when my mind starts to race, which is just about every night as i lay in bed lol! I am trying very hard to focus just at the task at hand and not worry about the next step.

tell me, are you really a tiger trainer?

March 9, 2007
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I am very grateful for the suggestions you have given to me. I hope to try them. But my major problems have to do with fear in driving, constant negative thoughts, fears of death, or danger. Phobia of height, gullies etc. I really want to overcome them but I dont know how to go about it. Can you be of help? I realy need help. Bonny.

March 9, 2007
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Sometimes the only way to get past your fear is by doing it. Learn that you are ok and safe. Seek a counselor. I am also having problems with panic attacks. I know what to do, but just can't apply it.

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March 9, 2007
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I am very grateful for the suggestions you have given to me. I hope to try them. But my major problems have to do with fear in driving, constant negative thoughts, fears of death, or danger. Phobia of height, gullies etc. I really want to overcome them but I dont know how to go about it. Can you be of help? I realy need help. Bonny.

March 9, 2007
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Bonny~ Many of us experience these panic attacks in a slight and mild way. So you're not alone. However, if they are sharp and heavily felt, I would think you need to see a therapist. R

March 9, 2007
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bonnyugwo,
Hugs to you.
(((bonnyugwo)))
Panic attacks are truely horrible, I understand how scary they are and how they can interfere with your life.
Seeing a professional is the best thing that I did for me.
I have non medication controlled generalized anxiety disorder and I used to have daily panic attacks.I found the Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund j Bourne PH.D. ISBN# 1-57224-413-5 to be very helpful. (my psychiatrist recommended it to me when I was diagnosed) I have also taken great comfort in a daily yoga practice and now maybe have two panic attacks a year and have no active phobias interferring in my daily life. you can find the book at the book store and I found it to be well worth the investment cost.

Best of luck to you - hang in there!

livvy

March 9, 2007
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Dear ones, thanks for your love and honest reply to my problem. It is not easy for me to reach a therapiest or a professional counselor where I am working in this part of Africa. I have appied some measures such as deep breathing, yoga, etc. It is working but I know the problem is still there. My fear is having more terrible experiences especially in driving. I cant stop driving because my work demand that. I need some more self-help measures, thechnics or programs. I will be very grateful. Bonny

March 9, 2007
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Hi Bonny

I found that I needed some medication to help me when I was having panic attacks. That helped me feel calm enough to set myself some tiny little goals, ones that were achievable. Actually I couldnt bring myself to drive for a little while but I told myself that I would again and I let the meds help.

It is very hard to overcome but if you are kind to yourself and you can get some medication from your doctor it should go a long way to helping

best wishes to you

March 9, 2007
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For me, once I accepted that what was happening really WAS a panic attack, and not a heart attack, then I took action against my anxiety. I was put on Zoloft, and was also give a low dosage of Xanax for the attacks.

I haven't had one for a very long time, now, (an attack), but if I feel one may be coming on, I can now control it and talk myself out of it, just by taking deep breaths and shifting my thoughts to something different, like flipping thru the radio stations and naming the singer to whatever song is playing. Since I'm so easily distracted anyway, I try to use it to my advantage! LOL!

Good luck, I know how very scary this is!! Trust me! I've been to ER more times than I can count, and now 5-6 years later, I'm STILL paying the bill!

(((((HUGS))))))

March 10, 2007
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Panic Attacks are terrible! I struggle with them myself. I have been taking paxil for a year now & it has helped a great deal!
I wasnt able to go into stores, be around crowds, & I could barely get through my day.
It brought me down pretty far having these attacks. I also have a fear of dying, I'm scared to sleep at times because of this but I do my best to get through the day.
The medicine has helped for the most part.
I know what you are going through & I'm sorry & hope it gets better for you soon.

March 10, 2007
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cpt 1212
I hope that your panic attacks are getting under control. If you want to go the chemical route Xanax works wonders for me. It was addictive though. Now I am just addicted the pillbox it comes in. as long as it is in within reach I don't panic.

I teach at a school whose mascot is a tiger so therotically at least I am a tiger trainer. especially when I think of the little animals I have this year.

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