(Closed) Panic Attacks

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Do you think you experienced a panic attack?  What were your symptoms?

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve had many panic attacks. They SUCK big time. I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder a few years ago and get them from time to time. I was prescribed Clonazepam to take as soon as I feel one coming on.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

GAD and clonazepam (among others) for me too… the diagnosis then expanded to PTSD.  I spent two years on anti-anxiety meds, during which the severity of the attacks lessened, but my anxiety was still extremely limiting.  I started to experience personality changes (I believe as a side-effect from staying on meds too long) and I finally decided to stop taking them.  EMDR has given me huge relief recently, as has accupuncture.  Cognitive therapy was the first thing I tried (along with the meds).  Having a therapist help me map out my thought process was vital.  Being able to offer myself a plausible postive outcome in a situation where I had previously felt no control, over myself or the circumstances, allowed me to stay calmer than before.  It took time to rewrite those thoughts, but it’s been a lovely few years of less anxiety and more “the old me.”

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I’m trying to figure out how to. My anxiety/tendency to panic has grown steadily over the last 2-2.5 years since a series of events (two deaths and a major health scare for me), and I know I should probably seek professional help at some point – I just can’t afford to right now.

I’d love to know if others have suggestions for things that can be done from home/without the need to take medication or spend a lot of money. The last time I flew was horrible on an epic scale, and I used to like flying.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@jocember: One thing at home that helps me is working out.  I get panic attacks when I drive, but I’ve found that if I work out at night, my attacks are much more subdued or even nonexistant the next day. I don’t want to take medication because there are side effects to everything, so I hope to hold off on that as long as I can.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

There is a an amazing book available on Amazon called The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. It’s a therapy classic (in its 4th edition) and as you can see from the reviews it works VERY well for a lot of people. The doctor who diagnosed me with GAD had me get this book when I explained I couldn’t afford many sessions. We did some of the exercises together to be sort of trained and then I was on my own.

The best part is feeling like I am in control of the anxiety. I still experience anxiety but I no longer fear the fear… if you know what I mean. I feel like I can recognize what it is, I know what to do and I am in charge of it.

http://www.amazon.com/Anxiety-Phobia-Workbook-Fourth/dp/1572244135/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I was diagnosed with general anxiety (and mild depression) a few years ago.  When I first started getting panic attacks, I had no idea what was happening, my heart beat would get fast and breathing was hard, I had no idea what was wrong with me and it took going to a professional to figure things out.

I used to get panic attacks a lot, sometimes multiple in a day.  I went on antidepressants (prozac) and was given clonzepam for when I felt one coming on.  The prozac worked very well, after a few months I hardly ever needed the clonzepam.  I was on prozac on and off for a few years, and I haven’t been on anything in a year and a half, and I’m currently thinking about going back on again (I don’t like being on them because of the side effects, but i’ve noticed the panic attacks are sneaking back into my life).

I actually went to a few counseling sessions early on to help find ways to deal with it, and it really helps, especially for the times when i am off my medication.  I would also like to add that at first I was very against going to therapy, but my doctor thought it would help, and it really did.

Feel free to PM if you have any questions, this is real and it can really affect your life.  I really hope you can get the help you need.  I would suggest going to your doctor first, they can usually give you the diagnosis and they are also able to prescribe meds. When you first go they will ask general medical questions and give you some surveys to take (at least in my experience). Best of luck to you.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@blingybride: I don’t have panic attacks often, but they do happen. I had them a lot right after I left my ex husband. Almost any time I had to go to my old house I would have a really bad panic attack. To treat them, I was in counseling (I still go occasionally) and that has helped a lot. I did some work on recognizing when I was starting to have a panic attack and how to deal with it. My general practitioner prescribed Xanax for really bad panic attacks (I’m on the lowest dose and still haven’t refilled the bottle). My partner has panic attacks more than me. He’s started working on recognizing the symptoms (liek I did) and then calming himself down. I know when he panics, cuddling works wonders (really!!) so if I see him start to fidget in a certain way, I try to cuddle him. If we’re around other people I make sure to hold his hand.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I get them…my symptoms sound just like yours, dizzy, lightheaded, feeling like something horrible is about to happen. I don’t do anything for them, I just ride them out (they last about 20 minutes at a time). I usually get mine at work which is annoying to say the least lol. I think life changes like getting married make them worse; I recently moved in wiht Fiance, started a new job, and obv am getting married, and even though all of that is going really great I am dealing with the anxiety more than ever.

I went to a doc once and he prescribed Xanax, I never went back to anyone about this issue because I don’t want to take meds for it. I mostly just try to work through it on my own, I paid attention to the times I get them (ie, Monday mornings) and now knowing that it’s kind of the routine helps them go away faster. I also try to be honest with myself about why I’m feeling panicky and go from there too. I found having a stronger religious faith helps me a lot but that may not be for everyone.

If you get them the best thing to do is distract yourself- I get up and start cooking, or do a chore around the house, or if I’m at work I’lll start a new project and focus on that and it usually helps.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I use to have a lot of panic attacks. I don’t know what they diagnosed exactly but it was something like General Anxiety Disorder also, all I know was mine was horrible, felt like something huge was sitting on my chest, lots of trouble breathing which made me freak out more and symptoms of a heart attack, kept going to the hospital and getting the same thing. I never took medicine for it and some how over came it on my own.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Maybe find a clinic that works specifically with anxiety disorders?

I’m a research assistant for a university that specializes in the anxiety spectrum, so I see panic disorder (and PDA) all the time. I am NOT a therapist so I’m not giving any advice other than we use CBT and people seem to respond well to it – hope you find someone that’ll help!

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