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what's a panic attack and what do you do?
July 21, 2005
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okay, i'm not sure what's happening lately? i have separated from my ex, but sometimes i feel something in my chest and then it's harder to breathe? Is that a panic attack? What's that all about? What do I do when i get one?

July 22, 2005
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It could be a panic attack, when I started having them they would vary from tightness in the chest and a sick nervous feeling to uncontrolable shaking, difficulty breathing, nausea, blurred vision.

I used medication when it got really bad for a while, but breathing was really the best thing I could do for myself in any more mild attack. You breathe in through your nose deep into your belly or it doesn't work, and then you breathe out after holding the breath a couple seconds. Slowly, through your mouth.

Also, dropping and slowly rolling your head around from left to right helps, and tensing up your entire body and then slowly relaxing it all, starting at your feet and working up if you are laying down or seated.

Throughout the day there are things you can do to help-avoid needlessly stressful situations (don't put things off until the last minute, don't go watch love movies when you've been thinking of him all day, avoid rush hours and such...not forever, just until the attacst start to lessen), cut caffein out for a while, talk about your feelings before they can eat away at you...

Good luck, I hope these suggestions help, anxiety can be scary, but it's managable and often just temporary. I used to tell myself durring attacks 'this too shall pass', and it has.

July 22, 2005
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I have been the queen of Panic Attacks...especially lately with all this stress.

My symptoms, racing heart, sweaty palms, faintness, dizziness, chills, and sometimes even tingling. I feel out of control over the situation...

I don't take drugs for it. I have found a few things that help me. Just in case, I do take an aspirin. Then I concentrate on my breathing, using Yoga techniques. I breathe in and out throw my nose letting the air fill everywhere before letting it out very slowly. I try to either close my eyes or find an object to focus on while doing my breathing. I find that having anyone around when I have one only intensifies the situation. I like to be alone to bring myself out of them.

I've cut back on my caffeine and I've let myself start crying...the more I cry, the less stress that builds up. I will also try and get in as much light exercise *yoga, walking, pilates* as possible.

You can take medication but I did and preferred going through the attacks on my own than the medication. I would suggest though that you get checked out by your doctor just to make sure that is all it is. I know I've been to the hospital twice for it...and have now learned how to deal with them.

My favorite fix...but it only works in winter...I go outside in the freezing cold...it will guaranteed take your mind off anything. It was something that ex told me to try...it worked like a charm.

July 22, 2005
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sexysadie, YES! Crying is a huge help!

July 22, 2005
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Yes crying really is really wonderful. I do feel great after a good cry.

July 22, 2005
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I used to get a lot of panic attacks and took medication for them however now I have learned how to prevent them from becoming full blown by deep breathing. It also helps me to understand why I am having a panic attack so I can talk to myself about the problem. Whenever I would break up with a boyfriend I would get panic attacks I think because I felt very vulnerable without male protection on a primitive level. I've also had panic attacks when I try a new behavior that goes against my family 'rules'. I feel like I should be punished for going against the rules and therefore something very bad is going to happen to me. When I realize what is going on with me the panic goes away.

July 22, 2005
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my recommendation is to cry if you can. If you don't cry, or have someone to talk to, you end up doing something stupid like I do and call the ex. After you call and get berated, you feel even worse. But I know the feeling. I get them a lot and then I just lose control and start dialing that number again.....

July 22, 2005
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I get them when I feel that I am totally losing control of a situation...so I stop and think about what it is and what I CAN DO to resolve my portion of the situation. Right now, my love life is out of my hands. I've been sitting and waiting and crying my ever loving eyes out for 4 weeks. I have vitiligo (loss of skin pigmentation) well I just found out that stress can bring it on and guess what a new spot appeared this week. Lovely eh? Like my mom said I need to get away from MYSELF for a bit. Working on that...this am I worked in the flower beds pulling weeds. It's a small start but rewarding when it was all done.

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