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Tink, Re: anxiety attacks....anyone else suffer?
September 2, 2002
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Tink, what are your attacks like...they can take different forms ..was curious on exactly what yours are like and what coping skills you have in place??

September 2, 2002
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ive been getting a lot of anxiety attacks lately. when it happens i feel like im running a race inside myself. my heart beats really fast and sometimes i breathe so quickly that i cant really breathe and sometimes i realize im holding my breath. i feel confined. like i cant get away from my feeling. i dont really know what to do when it happens. i try to concentrate on breathing more slowly. sometimes getting out of where i am, going to another room or driving some place else helps. im not on any medication for it. sometimes theres a known cause. like when i talk about something stressful. and sometimes theres not a known cause. i think there 'is' a cause - that tiggers it, im just not aware of what that is at the time.

September 2, 2002
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I don't get anxiety attacks, i get periods where my anxieties are really heightened. These usually last a few days to a week and suck big time...i can't leave the house and i get scared about really weird stuff

love to you Tink and everyone else xxxx

September 2, 2002
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I have them too.

September 2, 2002
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i get them. i dont think they are too serious though. When i am sick, i always get anxious and think that i have cancer or meningicoccal or something like that.
It makes me want to throw up.
I sometimes get it when im nervous about seeing someone. I sweat alot.
I hate it

September 2, 2002
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READ THIS BOOK, BIBLE OF PANIC AND ANXIETY!
I did a review of it for amazon.com
as i do for many of their books.

"From panic to power"

The VERY best book, written by a woman who has dedicated her life to curing those who suffer from this disabling disorder. She was also victim to it but empowered herself in an amazing way. YOU can too

September 3, 2002
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Hi Irish lass.I first got ill almost 2 yrs ago, and I had an bad inner ear infection.I couldn't stand up cause I was so dizzy so I didn't go out of the house for about 3 weeks.When I did go out,I had a panic attack (but I didn't know what was going on at the time).It was cause there was so many people,and I hadn't been in that envrionment for so long.When I went back to school things got bad,and I kept walking out-without telling people.It came to the stage I became agrophobic,and couldn't leave the house.I missed almost 1 year of school because of this-my most important yr.I still sat my exams,and passed!Saw Dr,he refered me to a therapist,and am now having CBT-Cognitve behavouiral therapy.This has done the most ever good for me.

I now fear going out incase I panic.I can't be around a lot of people,and this is why school is so hard for me.I have a letter from school that lets me leave whenever I feel like it-when I panic.When I do have apanic attack, I can't breathe,am physically sick (and when I go to see my therapist about every 2 weeks,I am sick around 4 times before I go!). When people leave me too I panic.And when I cut.I know I shouldn't do it cos it makes me feel worse after, but there we go.Now its got to the stage I am panicking about going out incase I faint-from low blood sugar levels.

Having CBT has taught me so much.I have a list of coping skills, and would happily share them with you,thats if you wanted me to rabble on! You have to be postive.Even if you don't believe it,just say I'M OK.A good word that works is 'STOP' too.When you panic,say stop out loud.Its works for a little bit, but then you have to say it again.It calms you down and focus's on other things.
Another thing my therapist taught me if thought charts.Its somehting to make you see reality of the attacks and that they're not that bad, and helps you to avoid more attacks.It goes like this.In a first collumn you write the situation.(e.g.going to the shop).Second collumn you write your feelings you are having (Panic, sick etc).Then you write hot thoughts (e.g.I'm going to faint), then you having to write evidence that supports the hot thought.Have you fainted before?Do you feel faint? etc, then evidence not to support e.g.I have never fainted before,why now? There's no way i could faint,i have eaten.These are just example by the way.Then, you have to write at the end an alternative thought,such as,i may feel faint,but if i do, someone will help me if i need it.See?

I know this is long, and goes on a lot, but it sure helps me.It got hold of the panic attack-well until i started having no faith in myself and not believing the charts.Hope this helps,give it a try.

Love,Tink

September 3, 2002
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I recently went on job interview. I now live in a state that I absolutely hate. In the interview I was asked, "Why do you want to work for the State of XXX?" ANXIETY!!!! With a proloned silence, trying so hard to come up with a decent answer, I finally gave in and told them that I really didn't want to work for the State of XXX, smiled and walked out.

I do not know if we are allowed to say this, but sometimes medications do work. I figure if you can face death or homelessness, every thing else is workable.

September 4, 2002
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nti depresant meds without success and have concliuded that in time i will fing that personnal aout let and the will subside. Someone trusted and able to communicate. Thanks Mel

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September 5, 2002
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I'm not sure how old Tink is, but in my early 20s I had PAT. Normally occurs in younger women. Heart rate goes up, stomach gets gassy, you start imagining you will die of a heart attack, etc.

Cognitive recognition that the attack will go away helped. Saying to myself: "Breathe in slowly, out slowly, it will pass". Also, exercise helped me tremendously. 30 minutes walking 6 days a week really helps! Get back on healthy foods, get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night and exercise to make sure your body mechanisms are working well.

In addition, relaxation tapes helped me fall asleep at night (Tink - do these happen mostly at night? I was an insomniac too, and most attacks would be after I got into bed and started worrying about everything.) Tapes/CDs dealing with getting rid of worry worked really well for me.

I would try these first before seeking medication. At least for a week or two.

Good luck!

September 6, 2002
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Mmmm, interesting. I think I might have those. I'm beginning to realize when each time I go to dr.'s office, ER, bloodwork, etc. I get nervous easily. I feel light headed, hot all of sudden, heart beat fast, think dying, and jittery. I never been afraid of hospital stuff before until this year. I guess it's because I only sleep 5-6 hours a day (two jobs) and no excerise. Perhaps I should change my lifestyle.

September 7, 2002
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Tink,
Panic attacks suck! I haven't really had too many, except related to a minor medical condition that I have. I think it would be frustrated to have them on a regular basis. To me it sounds like that inner ear infection triggered some fears of control of your environment with the inner balance problem. Oh, hear I go being all analytical again. Actually, I had an inner ear infection about 5yrs ago. I remember having been invited to a party and not wanting to go. I did end up going and enjoying myself, but not being able to hear well. I kept saying, "huh?" all night. I'm seriously not trying to be funny, I remember the experience, b/c I was on a ton of medications and felt really strange (at least stranger than usual). Anyway, I will talk to you more about this online.
Take Care!
~SuzyQ 🙂

September 7, 2002
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Thanks Tink, for all the info..and no, it wasn't long...but very important to those of us who suffer..I have had panic in varying degrees for many years..almost 25 years..they are really bad when i feel helpless, depressed, out of control life crises stuff, they take many forms. The first one arose out of clinical depression when i was dating two guys I loved and had just quit college. Couldn't make a decision there and didn't know what to do with my life. What is primary in my panic attacks is the "fight or flight" instinct which is almost like someone has yelled fire or that there is a bomb under your ass. That is exactly the kind of fear that hits me. Yes, I have tried, CBT, but don't always get it right and the panic overwhelms me. Then there is another type of panic I have when my heart beats fast..and i feel like i can't get my breath..and my chest feels really heavy so that I am breathing really deeply to breath..that is what i call the "physical Panic Attack". Now I have a different panick attack altogether. The thought gets in my head that I can't swallow. It happems anywhere at any time..was really bad when i was having problems with my daughter..(probably because i felt so helpless there as well) That particular panic has diminished somewhat since she left. Mossrose, I will get that Book "FROM PANIC TO POWER" and if 1 woman did it , so can I. Thanks.

September 10, 2002
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I am a sufferer of unipolar depression. I also get anxiety attacks all of the time. I am on clonazepam and I am trying to get my doctor to change it to something else as the meds do not work. I am on amitriptyline for my depression.

September 14, 2002
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I use to be on Paxil, i had panic attacks, thought i was dying and having heart attacks or something really bad was gonna happen or when alone at night, i use to guard the door and sometimes even get a weapon out and put it where i could get to it easily, i remember those days all to well!

August 7, 2007
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okay, I've got em too. I had this nightmare where I could control a plane that was heading off as though it was in an air show. My attacks take the form of a G-force feeling in my stomach that I can't stop. Like getting on a rollar coaster that you did not want to get on to. They've been troubling me deeply lately. I start to see the world as a dark and scary place. My worry is that I'm going compleatly insane as opposed to dying. I haven't found much help but can say with certianty that this website is a good start. I feel weak and powerless, which leads to more uncertianty. It exhasts me mentally and spritally. It's a feeling that I wouldn't wish on my enemies. The not sleeping or the desperately trying to stay in control is the worse for me. I try, because I'm very concerned about how to behave, hide it or just make it go away.

August 7, 2007
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P.S. haven't gotten from panic to power. Currently on feel the fear and do it anyway.

August 7, 2007
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You sure can describe things well. You are describing how I feel at times. It IS an awful feeling! And we are adults, we should be able to handle things and people, right? I have certain people in my life that can produce the panic attack feeling. One is my ex, although, it's weird, but he doesn't bother me so much anymore. The other is my youngest daughter, who has learned his manner very well, and you never know how she is going to be. Inconsistent, for sure. But these people can send me into a racing heartbeat, feeling insecure, etc. This makes me upset on top of it. They are human just like me. Why should they have control over me? I talk to myself like this, but the anxiety still prevails. If all is right with how they treat me, I'm ok. If not, I'm a wreak. Doesn't seem logical, does it? And it's very painful. I would like to keep talking with you. I appreciate you putting words to my feelings.
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August 7, 2007
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There is an excellent book out (in paperback) called PANIC ATTACKS. I cannot recall the author, but any bookstore (or Amazon.com) should be able to pull it up for you by title. I strongly recommend that you read it because it will help you in so many ways.

First, you will learn that no one ever died from a panic attack. It FEELS as if you are dying, but you are in NO danger. You will also learn how common panic attacks can be during stressful seasons of our lives. The commonality of the unpleasant symptoms, associated with panic attacks, will help set your mind at ease.

This book will teach you how to weather panic attacks more calmly, peacefully and -- ultimately -- see them phase out, altogether.

Panic attacks are caused by feeling that we are completely overhwelmed -- thus, out of control -- of our circumstances. Those circumstances could be financial pressure, a toxic relationship, job fears...any insecurity or concern which threatens your inner, emotional safety and over which you have absolutely NO CONTROL.

I know. I used to have them, too. As this wonderful book points out, those who suffer panic attacks will -- eventually -- overcome them. Today, if I feel one coming on (which still happens from time to time under certain, stressful conditions), I am able to (literally) TALK MYSELF DOWN FROM IT. And it goes away, before ever really smacking me, full force. I can HELP MYSELF for the first time! I am learning how to take care of myself, emotionally.

I know they are really nasty. I dreaded them. They used to hit me in the middle of dinner in public restaurants (how embarrassing is that?), in my car on the way to church, at home watching a movie...random, disabling attacks which raised my blood pressure, caused my chest to feel like it would explode, phantomed "heart attack" symptoms (including numbness and tingling in my extremities) and faintness/dizzy spells.

Today, I am functioning normally. They rarely come and -- when/if they try -- I can get through them without getting slammed by them.

Please find this book. It will also help you to talk to a therapist about them. It is our deep need to regain control over our own safety which lies at the root of these attacks. No one should live like this. No one HAS to.

My best to you -

Ma Strong

August 7, 2007
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Dear Drawing 1, Ironically, as this thread popped up I am trying to talk myself out of this panick attack.....I never knew that this was really what I was doing until lately....I just thought I was high anxiety.....I have the type Ma Strong had or has.......I feel like I am having a heart attack and cannot breath. I have been diagnose with hyper tension in the past year. My world starts spinning and I feel out of control. I did not know what was happening until I was diagnosed . I must get this book......atleast I know what is going on with me now......Thanks All, horsefly

August 7, 2007
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Drawing 1

I still get them...though like Ma does, I can usually talk myself out of them. I had developed different techniques to stop the 'going insane' or the 'heart attack' feelings...still have trouble with the MAJOR panic attacks. Those happen mainly when I feel -threatened - physically or in an unsafe situation. I have PTSD as well.

We can overcome the attacks. And I have walked out of a couple of places because of them years ago when a panic attack started. Still learning to talk myself down..but sometimes I like to do that out loud...I guess it is comforting to me to hear myself say somethings as opposed to just thinking them.

August 7, 2007
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Horsefly- I had what I thought was a panick attack, but it was very hot and I had been walking in the heat after taking in caffeine. My pulse was very high, my blood pressure was up. I did feel faint. Hard to know at a certain age if it is from panic or a real health problem. I never had this happen before. So I dont know.

August 7, 2007
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When my mental reports came in I was diagnosed PTSD and bipolar. I think I am more PSTD with the panick thing going on. But I am on a mood stabilizer. I go back to the shrink on the 14 of this month. I need to talk to them about this.......No one has explain it to me that diagnosed me.......I just got the reports back for this hearing I am engaged in. horsefly

August 7, 2007
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I get panic attacks but like MA and redblonde I can pretty much control them now. Before that I had to take Xanax. My therapist gave me this sort of hypnosis tape that taught me to flash a stop sign in my brain whenever my thoughts started heading toward panicky thoughts. I also practiced going into places that caused them.

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