(Closed) Anxiety/panic attacks

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I was prescribed anxiety pills last year after a panic attack.  I use them very, very sparingly whenever I really have to.  Other than that, I’ve found regular yoga helps.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I listen to a podcast or remove myself fom the situation that’s causing me to get anxious. Basically I distract myself as much as I can. I’ve also noticed that since getting a dog my anxiety has gone down a lot. I think something about having a companion around that I don’t have to talk to helps. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I so feel you! Mine was/is so bad it was hard on the ones closest to me. I take medication, see a therapist who helps me work through it abd remember that I’m safe and that nothing is going to happen.

If things get too bad, I have a support network that I use.I call friends and family if needed.

I avoid getting to stressed out if I need to be exposed to my triggers. If I’m in the middle of a stressfull task I take a lot of breaks. If im stressed about anything my attacks will be worse.

Do not feel crazy or avoid going to a Dr. The meds really help! Rememebr that to stay healthy you have to follow the dr.’s orders.

Seeing a therapist that helps me worth through the anxiety really helps too.

 

pm me if you ever need to chat πŸ™‚

 

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 1999

 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Anna22:  I’m the same way, most of my attacks come out of the blue, or the timing is just way off πŸ˜€ I’m generally ok with being in stressfull situations, but afterwards as it settles in, I get hit twice as hard. 

Yoga definitely helped me a lot, not only mentally but also physically. I felt better in my body and more balanced, like I could trust myself more. I also went to counselling for a couple of months, years ago when it was really bad. I realise I shouldn’t have stopped so early and plan to go back once I have a steady income. 

In the middle of an attack, I try to keep myself close to someone or something, like hold on to FIs hand or a pillow. I can’t really see them coming, so by the time I realise what’s going on it’s usually too late to meditate it away etc. I just think about the doctor that told me my heart could not explode from beating to fast and try to get through it. Afterwards I try to distract myself by taking a walk, but doing something at the same time so I don’t think to much, like taking pictures of flowers or something. 

For a specific event I am anxious about, it helps me to write down what I plan the day to be like, in detail. Like what time I’ll get up, what I’ll have for breakfast, but also what I’ll feel about these things. It’s weird to write “I’ll get up at 8am feeling tired and like I need to pee”, but it helps me πŸ˜€

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’v

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

wow I just typed a post that was, like, 12 paragraphs long and nothing showed up but the first 3 characters.

I’ll return with advice when I’m not pissed off! 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  I have them from time to time. I have a prescription for Xanax that does seem to help.use will try to get some form of exercise, or try to work on some project that requires focus? Deep breathing helps, and self talk. I remind myself that everything will be okay, I go through all of the things that lead me to that belief as soon as I feel those negative feelings creep in.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I totally understand the “waiting anxiety” but could never think of a way to describe it, thank you for that. It’s terrible. Working with a therapist really can help this. I’ve been trying to change my thinking, especially during these panic attacks because the anxiety has caused me to start having seizures this past year, so staying an stress free as possible is crucial for me.

I’m the same way though, I wont be thinking about anything at all, just all of a sudden get this overwhelming fear, even when I can’t pin point where that fear is coming from. When I think about waiting until dinner at night, or waiting until work, or going to work and waiting at work for the day to be over, it all can cause anxiety for me. What seems to work really well for me are a couple of things.

First, temporarily but most effectively, distractions. They don’t cure the problem but they do help tremendously, and in the moment they help wonderfully. Pick up a book and start reading, go for a nice walk, dive into wedding planning, count backwards in 7’s from 100 over and over, do anything to get your mind off of fear.

Another thing, write down things that fear you, go over them and think to yourself, are those really legitimate fears? When you start to become afriad, tell yourself the opposite of what you are thinking. Like, if you are thinking “i can’t breathe, I’m going to suffocate” remind yourself, that it’s just a panic attack, you can breathe, you were fine 5 minutes ago and will be fine again in another 5 minutes” same thing with your breathing, just make sure to remind yourself that you are ok, it’s a panic attack and you are not in physical danger.

 

Best of luck to you, I know how terrible these can be

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve had panic attacks for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, no one knew what they were until I was about 13. I eventually started seeing a therapist and taking medication, which helped.

Since then, there have been periods where I’m seeing a therapist and taking meds, or not. My anxiety waxes and wanes depending on what’s going on with my life, so it’s pretty much unpredictable.

It also took a long time for me to find a medication that works and doesn’t have a ton of side effects. I take Buspar, and it’s worked the best for me so far.

I do have panic attacks when something bad or crazy or scary is going on, but I also have panic attacks over stupid things, or sometimes for no reason at all. The most important thing that I’ve learned is that I have to breathe. It sounds stupid, but when you take a step back and think about it, you AREN’T breathing when you’re having a panic attack. So my best advice to you is to recognize when you’re having a panic attack and do your best to slow down and force yourself to take deep breaths.

You really have to focus on the moment, not the “what ifs” of the future or analyze the past. I’m still learning how to master this, but simply recognizing when I’m freaking out even helps. 

If I were you, I would find a good therapist, ideally someone who helps people deal with panic attacks and anxiety. Also take yoga and/or learn to meditate.

And while I’m not really a big fan of nonfiction books, I recommend reading Eckhart Tolle’s (sp?) The Power of Now. Some of it is over my head, but the general gist of living life “in the now” can really help with anxiety, in my opinion. If that’s too “new age” for your tastes, I’m sure there are several more books out there that can give you tips on how to cope with this.

It can be a daily struggle, but if you keep working at it, you can manage it and not let it get in the way of your life!

Good luck and be patient with yourself! Know that you’re not alone (or crazy)! 

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